Youth Day

Youth Day 2020

We are happy to announce that the 7th annual Youth Day will be held on September 12th, 2019 from 10am-4pm at Historic Charlton Park!

Want to join in the fun? Here are some ways you can be involved with Youth Day:

Attend the event!– Download a 2020 Youth Day Flyer with all the information. You can help us advertise too by posting copies of these flyers around town!
Be an exhibitor!– Are you part of a club that promotes outdoor recreation? Download our exhibitor information sheet to get all the details about having a booth. If you decide to participate, fill out this handy exhibitor registration form and mail it back to us!
Become a sponsor! Youth Day is a wonderful event and we rely on generous community donations to keep it going and keep it free to participants. We need your help! Fill out this Youth Day donor form and mail it to us along with your donation!

Have any questions about Youth Day or how to get involved? Contact Executive Director, Sarah Nelson!

Make sure to check out the Barry County Outdoor Recreation Youth Day Facebook Page and Facebook Event Page as well!

Youth Day 2019

747 children enjoyed 28 fun and engaging outdoor activities ranging from target shooting and archery to crafts and climbing walls. Barry Conservation District partnered with many organizations such as Pheasants Forever, Quality Deer Management Association, MDNR, and countless others to bring many contributions to the event. We are looking forward to the next Youth Day and hope to see you there!

The Creation and Importance of 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!