HOWARD — The weather is finally turning for the better, just in time for some outdoor fun.
The Knox County chapter of Pheasants Forever is hosting its Youth Field Day for kids of all ages on Saturday, April 16.
The event will take place at Campbell’s Range on Coshocton Road in Howard. This is the third annual Youth Field Day.
There will be events for all ages. Younger kids can enjoy building birdhouses and hummingbird feeders, or they could try panning for gold. Older children can try their hand at tomahawk throwing, cooking or basic hunting techniques.
“These events really are for everyone,” event coordinator Althea Dye said. “There are things for kids of all skill levels. Whether they are experienced hunters or if they’ve never picked up a rod and reel, there is something for everyone.”
People of all ages can see demonstrations of bird dog hunting, fly tying and making fur pelts. There will also be face painting and tattoos.
One of the featured events is a coloring contest, which can be found on Page 8B. Winners will receive a Ringneck youth membership which will include a subscription to Upland Tails, the youth magazine put together by the organization.
The event is free to the public. Pre-registration is available at http://knox.oh.pheasantsforever.org, but walk-ins are welcome.
“The first year we did this, we had 150 kids,” Dye said. “Last year, the weather wasn’t cooperative, but we still had around 175. This year we’d like to have more than 200. ... And you don’t need to bring any guns or any gear; we’ll provide all of that.”
Pheasants Forever is a national habitat organization whose purpose is to preserve and enjoy outdoor sports. The youth day is a part of the No Child Left Indoors initiative, which looks to reverse the trend of obesity and inactivity in today’s youth by getting them active in the outdoors while they learn about nature and conservation.
“Phys-ed programs are being cut in schools, and parents can’t always afford pay-to-play,” Dye said. “Our research shows that kids are using electronics six hours a day. Our group tries to get them involved in something outside.”
Nationally, Pheasants Forever has about 125,000 members in 750 grassroots chapters.