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28 March 2016   Arizona Game and Fish Department
Have you seen all of the exciting programs being offered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department?

Youth day is this week

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is hosting the 8 th annual Youth Day at the Outdoor Expo. Designed specifically for school-aged groups and students, this event will provide hands-on educational activities focusing on outdoor recreation and environmental education. Join us on Friday, April 1, 2016 for this FREE event located at the Ben Avery Shooting facility in north Phoenix.

Youth Day events include:

- Live wildlife demonstrations

- Sportfishing catch and release tank

- Archery

- Educational talks and demonstrations

- Dozens of exhibitors and educational activities

All ages are welcome to attend. The diversity of activities ensures that all students will have a meaningful and memorable experience. Youth Day is open from 8:30am until 2:30pm and free parking is available, as well.

Complete details can be found at http://www.azgfd.gov/youthday.

Can't make it to the Youth Day? That's okay. We are hosting the Outdoor Expo this Saturday and Sunday. The Expo will feature all of the outdoor recreation activities from Youth Day as well as kayaking, shooting and much more. Bring your family to this free event. For more information, visit http://www.azgfd.gov/expo

Two workshops just for educators

We are pleased to announce the addition of two workshops to our professional development calendar this year. Both workshops are free and open to all types of educators. Check out the information below. But don't delay. Register today. Space is limited.

Join us on Saturday, April 23 as we explore "Reading and Writing about the Environment." In this hands-on workshop held in north Phoenix, educators will be introduced to practical techniques and ideas to integrate literacy concepts into science instruction, with an emphasis on wildlife. For more information and to register, visit http://tiny.cc/azgfdliteracy.

We are also partnering with Arizona Project Wet for "Aquatic Communities: Macroinvertebrates, Fish and their Environments." In this engaging workshop, we will take a close look at the Verde River as we study key aspects of the habitat, such as water quality and macroinvertebrates, while also learning about invasive and native species. Participants will also have the opportunity to try their hand at fly-fishing and apply their understanding of the ecosystem. This workshop will take place at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on Saturday, May 7, 2016. For more information and to register, visit http://tiny.cc/aquaticworkshop.

Tell your students about our new summer camp

Registration is now open for our first-ever wildlife and outdoor recreation summer camp. Children 8-14 years of age are welcome to attend. Camps will be held June 13-16 and June 20-23 from 8 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. at the Department's Hirsch Conservation Area located on the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix. Each session will include hands-on science experiments, fishing, kayaking, archery, air rifles, wildlife encounters and more.

The camp is sponsored by the Department and the non-profit Wildlife for Tomorrow.

Space for each camp session is limited, so register today. The fee to attend is $150 per session per child. For more information and to register, visit the Summer Camp website.

Learn about wildlife from the comfort of your own home

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has launched a successful series of wildlife-related webinars designed specifically for teachers. Two more of these professional development opportunities remain in this school year. These are a great way to quickly learn about a topic while also getting some ideas to bring back to your classroom. Webinars typically last about an hour and you earn a certificate for your participation. Check out the information below.

Thursday, April 14 @ 7pm: America's Wildlife - The struggle to preserve America's wildlife is an amazing tale of national and natural history. Come learn how to bring the history of wildlife management into your classroom while integrating science and language arts. Participants will receive access to a free curriculum as well as additional resources and activities. Content is geared toward high school teachers. For more information and to register, visit http://tiny.cc/americaswildlife.

Thursday, May 12 @ 7pm: Aldo Leopold in the Southwest - Aldo Leopold is considered the "father" of science-based wildlife management. His ideas were fostered by his time exploring Arizona and the southwest. Take a virtual journey in his footsteps and learn about a free GIS-based tool for your classroom. Content is geared toward high school teachers. For more information and to register, visit http://tiny.cc/leopoldwebinar.

Focus Wild Arizona - www.azgfd.gov/FocusWild.