ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 14, 2011 –
Did you know that wetlands support over 900 species of wildlife, many of them threatened or endangered, in addition to providing us with clean water and flood protection? Bring your children and find out more through hands-on activities and demonstrations at the 12th Annual Wetlands for Kids Day.
The 2011 Annual Wetlands for Kids Day, hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited and supported by grants from the Dana Brown Foundation and U.S. Bank, will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles, Missouri.
"If you've never seen a child's eyes light up as they come face to face with wildlife, then take this opportunity to do so," said Tom Shryock, Ducks Unlimited state chairman and Wetlands for Kids Day volunteer. "Nearly 1000 children discover the allure of the outdoors each year at this event, and we have stations that appeal to all ages and interests."
Over 20 demonstration and activity stations will be available to introduce children to various aspects of the natural world. Well trained experts man each learning station to instruct participants and answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to work with retrievers, see live birds of prey, create wetland-themed artwork, explore a beaver lodge, learn to identify waterfowl and other birds, tie fishing flies, see and touch snakes, frogs and turtles, and much more.
All children who register will receive a free Ducks Unlimited Greenwing membership. Participants also take home a gift bag containing fun prizes, additional wetland and wildlife learning materials, and a tree to plant at home.
Ducks Unlimited and MDC encourage children and their families from all parts of the St. Louis region to attend. Scout troops, school groups and church groups are welcome. All children, regardless of their age or outdoor experience level, can learn something new at this event. For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at the August A. Busch Conservation Area (636-441-4554).
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever. Learn more at www.ducks.org