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 in the past year’s at this 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.
To learn more and get involved, visit our Youth Day page!