Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE)
Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience
The youth component of the Sheep Show, the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE), is designed to excite and inspire youth from any age to get excited about wildlife, the outdoors, and conservation. Those with limited as well as advanced experiences in the outdoors will find enjoyable, educational activities at the YWCE.
Taking part in the Mt. Rose Ballrooms at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center during the Sheep Show, the YWCE is a multi-faceted experience, depending on the day. Thursday, January 19th and Friday, January 20th the YWCE is a private event for school groups, who are bused in. Educational experiences include: outdoor career seminars, wild sheep conservation presentation, keynote speaker by the youth intern board member Sierra Admundson, and hands-on stations after lunch.
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Reno/Sparks Convention Center
Mt. Rose Ballrooms
Saturday, January 21st the YWCE is open to the public from 10:00 to 4:00. The entire day has hands-on stations for families to participate in. Families are welcome to come and leave as they choose, as they rotate around to stations on their own and spend and much or as little time at each station as they like. Each station that is participated in earns the youth a raffle ticket, for various prizes raffled off throughout the day.
Stations available at the YWCE include:
- Target archery
- Trap archery
- Wildlife conservation
- Duck calling
- Nevada Rifle Team
- Mini-hunter education laser shot
- CSI Wildlife
- Operation Game Thief
- NV Youth Education in Shooting Sports challenge
- BB gun range
- Pellet gun range
- Fly tying
- Hover archery range
- Hands-on hides and skulls educational station
- Make survival bracelets
- Casting challenge
- National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center
- Carson City Hotshots skeet/trap education station
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Make wildlife cards
- And more
Plus, a parent who brings a youth to the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience will get a voucher to exchange for a free pass into the Sheep Show exhibit hall. Youth are already free to get in.
For those youth 12 to 17, the TRACKS Program is an additional activity. This allows participants to learn from various organizations in the Sheep Show expo and have a card punched as they complete each station. The cards are turned in at the Registration Center in the expo and a raffle is held back in the YWCE at 3:00. The grand prize is donated by the title sponsor, Leica, is an 8x42 Trinovid HD binocular (valued at $950). Other participating organizations, also donating prizes include: Northern Nevada SCI, NV Dept. of Wildlife, Kenetrek Boots, Wilbur D. May Center, Sitka Gear, Nevada Rifle Team, Stone Glacier, and Dewey Wildlife Studio.
So, this January 21st, grab the family and come out to the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience, where a fun time can be had by all!
For questions, or to volunteer, contact Ryan Brock at Rbrock@wildsheepfoundation.org