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Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience


This year's Youth  Wildlife  Conservation  Experience (YWCE) will take place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on January 12-14th, 2023.    School  groups will attend a private experience on January 12th and 13th which will include wildlife  conservation presentations, outdoor career seminars, and  hands-on educational inspiration for encouraging youth to get outside through taking up or furthering their knowledge and skills in a variety of outdoor hobbies. January 14th we open up the YWCE to the public, for FREE. The goal is simple, to excite and inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.?

Simply bring your family down to Hall 4 and the F-Meeting Rooms of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for hours of educational fun. Event runs from 10am to 4pm. A quick registration takes place on site, just show up the day of the event.  This is the youth component of the Sheep Show, which occurs just down the hallway.  A parent who brings a youth to the YWCE can receive a voucher to get into the Sheep Show exhibit hall for free.

Over 40 hands-on stations for youth, including: kayak pool, duck calling, hover archery, trap archery, 3D archery, stick-it archery, BB gun range, Laser Shot, rock climbing wall, soil tunnel, nature crafts, CSI Wildlife, hands-on hides/skulls, taxidermy, science of darting wild sheep, make plaster tracks, telemetry, fly tying, Operation Game Thief trailer, tour amazing bass fishing boats, casting challenges, learn to fletch arrows, entomology (try eating bugs), and more!?

YWCE Opens to the Public:

Location: Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 4 and F-Meeting Rooms)
-Do NOT go the Sheep Show registration and pay to get in,
  simply head to Hall 4.
Time: Saturday, January 14th from 10am- 4pm
Free youth raffle: Youth receive free raffle tickets for the youth raffles at registration.
Tracks Program: There is even more for youth ages 12-17, the Tracks Program.  Youth pick up a “Tracks Program Card” at YWCE registration that is taken into the Sheep Show exhibit hall.  Follow the sheep tracks on the ground to seven participating exhibitors who further educate on conservation, wildlife, or the outdoors.  The card is punched at each station.  The  card is then deposited into a special raffle bin at the Wild Sheep Foundation’s Membership Booth in the exhibit hall.  The raffle then takes place back in YWCE youth area at 3:00 for special prizes from Leica, Sitka, Kenetrek Boots, and Stone Glacier.  Must be present to win.
Hands-On Learning Experiences in YWCE: There may be more, but at this time we youth  can learn about the outdoors and wildlife conservation from a variety of hands-on stations, including: kayak pool, rock climbing wall, fly tying, wild sheep conservation, target archery, trap archery, hover archery, stick-it archery, 3D archery “mini course”, Operation Game Thief, pellet gun range, BB gun range, duck calling, make nature cards, make arrowhead/bear claw necklaces, learn to fletch arrows by making an arrow pen, falconers, mini-hunter safety Laser Shot, bird identification, and more.
This Year’s Participating Organizations:

Hands-On Stations:
Wild Sheep Foundation
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Bass Pro Shop / Cabela’s
National Bighorn Sheep Center
Bureau of Land Management
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
Lahontan Audubon Society
UNR Cooperative Extension
Capital City Gun Club Youth Shotgun Shooting Academy
Galena High School Rifle Team
Boy Scout of America
KB Skulls Taxidermy
National Resources Conservation District
Nevada Department of Agriculture
Legacy Sports International
Wasting Arrows
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
Nevada Urban Indians
Polestar Outdoors
University of Wyoming
High Desert Archery
Truckee River Fly Fishers
Carson Valley All About Youth, Inc.
Maison T Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp
First Hunt Foundation
Nevada Outdoor School
Operation Game Thief
Local falconer group
Nevada Bow Hunters Association
Great Basin Bassers
And a huge amount of solo volunteers!
Tracks Program:
Mystery Ranch
Bear Trust, International
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Northern Nevada Safari Club International
Kenetrek Boots
Organizations Giving Career Seminars to School Groups:
Wonrate Gear
Antler Creek Wildlife Creations
National Bighorn Sheep Center
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Nine Caribou Productions
Keep Truckee Meadow Beautiful
Mainline Trap Academy
McBain Associates- Applied River Sciences

For more information, or to volunteer at the YWCE, contact Ryan Brock at



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