Georgia Youth Visit Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center to Learn Hunting and Fishing
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Saturday May 10, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center (CEWC) will be alive with excitement as an expected crowd of 1,500 youth and their guests attend the 18th annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day, a project of the Georgia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
JAKES Day attendees can visit a variety of exhibitors like the Georgia Falconry Association.
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Visitors are invited to participate in a variety of entertaining and education activities hosted by volunteers and staff from the NWTF, the wildlife center and other conservation organizations. The first 500 youth receive a shirt and hot dog lunch provided by the NWTF. Meals for adults and additional youth are provided for a nominal fee.
"The kids really enjoy fishing the stocked pond, rope and harness-assisted tree-climbing, as well as the BB gun and archery shooting stations," said Amber Mooney, event coordinator and DNR wildlife interpretive specialist. "JAKES Day is a great opportunity for kids and their families to share experiences in the outdoors."
JAKES Day also marks the unveiling of the Brooke Ager Discovery Center, which covers the five ecological regions of Georgia, providing youth a unique hands-on experience.
"It is impressive to see so many organizations like the NWTF, Georgia DNR, Let's Get Wild, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Georgia Falconry Association, Trout Unlimited, Hunters Helping Kids and Wildlife Action of Georgia among others, come together for the shared goal of creating our future conservationists," said Dave Wamer, NWTF Georgia Save the Hunt coordinator. "Grab some folks and the kids and come join the fun."
The 6,400-acre CEWC, managed by the Georgia DNR, offers a variety of activities and programs. This beautiful area is centrally located in the state in a wooded setting near Mansfield, Georgia, making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens and Macon. For event information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/CharlieElliott/JAKES or call the CEWC office at (770) 784-3059.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.