ERIC Number: ED455979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Field Day Planning Guide.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Natural Resources, Madison.
Youth field days expose children to outdoor activities, land use ethics, and habitat conservation and encourage adults to be mentors in these areas. A typical youth field day could have programs in archery, fishing, boating, shooting, or safety. The event requires a diverse steering committee that usually includes sporting clubs and state department of natural resources staff. At least three planning meetings should take place, starting 6 months in advance. The first meeting should cover where and when the event will be; how many participants can be accommodated; what activities will be held; event committee selection; and how the event will be publicized, paid for, and insured. The second meeting should include committee progress reports, where prizes and donations will be kept, how registration will be handled, ensuring that enough volunteers will be on hand, and offering exhibit/demonstration space to area organizations. Meeting number 3 will be about 2 weeks before the event date; committees should be able to assure that they are ready and should talk about safety, a primary concern. On the day of the event, an early morning meeting to review safety, registration, staff communication, and media coverage details will be helpful. Contributors and volunteers may be thanked at lunchtime, and a mid-afternoon rest is a good idea. A wrap-up meeting should be held within 2 weeks for tying up loose ends and review. (TD)
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Environmental Education, Field Instruction, Nonschool Educational Programs, Outdoor Activities, Recreational Activities, Safety, Volunteers, Youth Programs
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster St., Madison, WI 53702. Tel: 608-264-6279.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Natural Resources, Madison.