Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE)
Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience
This year’s Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE) will take place at the Sheep Show, which takes place in Reno, NV on January 16, 17, 18th, 2020. The FREE event takes place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in the F-Meeting Rooms, which is just down the hallway from the Sheep Show Expo.
Over twenty different hands-on learning experience will take place, with the goal to excite and inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife conservationists. Stations will include: a 28-foot tall rock-climbing wall, five different archery stations (hover archery, trap archery, a tic-tac-toe Velcro archery challenge, and two hover archery ranges), live raptors and the duck calling, pellet gun and BB gun ranges, nature crafts, Laser Shots, hands-on hides/skulls, making survival bracelets, wildlife conservation, Operation Game Thief, fly tying and more.
Thursday and Friday the YWCE is reserved for school groups, which will be bused in. Students will have keynote presentations on wildlife conservation as well as outdoor career seminars. The afternoon will be filled with the hands-on stations.
Saturday, January 18th the YWCE is open to the public from 10am until 4pm. Hands-on stations will run all day long! No need to buy a day pass to the Sheep Show exhibit hall, as the youth area takes place outside the exhibit hall. However, an adult who brings a youth to the YWCE can obtain a day pass to admittance into the exhibit hall.
Additionally, on Saturday, the Tracks Program will once again run. This special program for those youth who are 12-17 years old simply take their Tracks card (pick up on at registration at the YWCE area) through the exhibit hall. Follow the sheep tracks on the floor to 9 different vendors who are volunteering to educate youth on outdoor topics. The card gets punched at each station and then deposited into a raffle bin. The raffle takes place back in the YWCE area for fabulous prizes, including Leica binoculars.
For more information, or to volunteer at the YWCE, contact Ryan Brock at Rbrock@wildsheepfoundation.org.