on Mar 18, 2013 12:16 PM • Views 3430

The Wildlife Commission is holding a Fish for Fun event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday at Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews. The free, family event includes bird walks, a tree identification walk, wildlife crafts for kids and much more.

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

MATTHEWS, N.C. (March 18, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be one of several exhibitors helping the Town of Matthews and the Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) celebrate the town’s designation as a Community Wildlife Habitat at “A Day at Play,” on Saturday.

The family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Squirrel Lake Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wildlife Commission staff will conduct a Fish-for-Fun event, which is open to everyone — no special skills necessary. In addition to loaning free rods and reels for the day, the Commission is giving away Fish-for-Fun goody bags, filled with fish identification guides, fish stickers and tattoos, pencils and coloring books.

Other activities during the event include a raptor release by the Carolina Raptor Center, a tree identification walk, bird walks, classes on obtaining backyard habitat certification, wildlife crafts for kids and more. Prizes will be given to kids who pledge to spend more time playing outdoors.

The Day at Play event celebrates the Town of Matthews’ recent designation as a Community Wildlife Habitat. The N.C.Wildlife Federation submitted Matthews for the prestigious designation, which is given by the National Wildlife Federation, because the town created wildlife-friendly habitats in all of its public parks.  

According to the Town of Matthews, it is the 64th town in the United States and only the fourth town in North Carolina to receive this designation. Visit the Town of Matthews’ website for more information. 

HAWK is a non-profit entity that is committed to preserving, protecting and restoring wildlife habitat in the southeastern part of the Charlotte Metro area.