Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2010) — “Take It Outside” at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. State Fair exhibit this year to learn more about the many outdoor opportunities offered by the agency.
The exhibit, located downhill from the Village of Yesteryear, is open to the public from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Oct. 14, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 15-24.
The ‘Take It Outside’ exhibit provides an indication of the many hunting, fishing, boating, watching and learning opportunities provided to the public by the Commission. Visitors can check out a 12-foot, interactive map to find places to hunt, fish, boat and wildlife watch within 50 miles of where they live.
“We want everyone who visits our tent to know that there are likely several places near their homes where they can wet a line, go hunting or boating, or simply watch wildlife,” said Penny Miller, communications director for the Commission. “For instance, the agency manages more than 2 million acres of game lands, 100 public fishing areas and Community Fishing Program sites, 240 boating access areas, and four education centers where people of all ages and abilities can go to learn more about North Carolina wildlife.”
On Oct. 18, which has been designated Youth Day by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, youth visiting the Commission’s exhibit can participate in several wildlife-related activities designed to educate and entertain. Youth day participants can test their shooting skills at a free air rifle range, learn to identify animals by their scat, handle animal pelts and see live amphibians and reptiles.
“Youth Day is a great opportunity for the Commission to encourage kids to ‘take it outside’ and learn more about their natural environment,” Miller said. “By offering these activities on Youth Day, we hope to get kids interested and involved in wildlife conservation and, in the process, inspire generations of future outdoor enthusiasts.”
Throughout the duration of the fair, visitors of all ages can take a shot at the air rifle range and learn about firearms safety from Wildlife Enforcement Officers. They can also test their fish identification skills by visiting the mobile aquarium, twin 300-gallon aquaria on wheels that showcase the most popular game fishes found in North Carolina’s freshwaters.
At the N.C. WILD Store, visitors can purchase books, apparel and other wildlife-related items, as well as the agency’s 2011 wildlife calendar. They can also pick up a free copy of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, and this year’s wildlife button, featuring a fox squirrel.
The fairgrounds are located at 1025 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. Contact the N.C. State Fair staff at (919) 821-7400 or visit the N.C. State Fair website.