Youth Day

Local outdoorsman George Cullers proposed the idea for the Barry County Outdoor Recreation Youth Day in 2014. The concept was simple: “get kids outdoors!” However, there are many factors that seem to work against this idea. Electronic games, busy schedules, television, economics, and the movement into suburbs and away from open spaces, family farms, and extended family have limited both the opportunities and the interest in outdoor recreation. Offering a chance for kids to get hands-on experience with outdoor activities, at no cost, may open the door to a lifetime interest. With assistance from the Barry Conservation District, the idea quickly caught on and has been growing ever since!

Over two dozen groups hosted activities at last year’s event, including a skeet shoot, BB-gun trailer, .22 target shoot, longbow, hunter safety, mountain biking, hiking, macroinvertebrate sampling, sport dog demonstrations, fly fishing, fly tying, traditional fishing, camping, team-building games, and even a bounce house! This year we continue to be funded by generous local donations.

Youth Day 2018

The fourth annual Barry County Outdoor Recreation Youth Day will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm at Historic Charlton Park.

Would you like to attend Youth Day?  Check out our Facebook Page and Event Page for more information!

Are you looking for more information on how to donate? Check out our Donor Form.

Would you like to host an activity at Youth Day? Read our Exhibitor Packet and then register your booth online at:

Would you like to learn more about Youth Day or help promote the event? Check out our Facebook page, Facebook event page, our event flyer, and our 2015 participant stats.

If you are interested in volunteering at Youth Day, please fill out and submit a Volunteer Packet.

For all this and more, you can also reach the event coordinator at (269) 908-4135 or by email at

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