Every day is “Youth Day” at the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo March 16-18, 2012!

April 23rd, 2012

Live animal exhibits, age-appropriate Scavenger Hunts, the Muzzy 200 Club Monster Bucks and a Kids Guide to the Expo featuring interactive exhibits of interest to kids of all ages await those attending this year’s Cape Fear Wildlife Expo (March 16-18) at the Wilmington Convention Center and Coastline Center, conveniently located on Wilmington’s historic waterfront.

Hours of operation are: Friday March 16th 9am – 7pm; Saturday March 17th 9am – 7pm; Sunday March 18th 10am – 5pm.

Tickets are available on-line at www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com or can be purchased at the gate.

Kids Gone Wild!  will offer a variety of interactive workshops that students will enjoy.

Middle and high-school students will participate in a variety of hands-on, minds-on workshops on Friday, March 16th intended to foster their interest in science and the great outdoors. Kids will also take to the Expo floor in search of wildlife fun facts and issues affecting some of North Carolina’s most precious resources – North Carolina wildlife and the environment.

A Creative Writing/Visual Arts Contest will offer youth an opportunity to share their enthusiasm.

Gone Wild! Students will also be invited to share what inspired them at this trans-disciplinary, experiential, hands-on, minds-on event with others.   Students will be encouraged to compose a prose, poetry or visual arts project that captures their enthusiasm about what they learned that day.  Award-winning entries will receive recognitions and will be published by a broad range of news and magazine outlets so that we may all view the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo experience through the eyes of our youth.

Kids Gone Wild! is proudly sponsored by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds® Initiative

Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. TWC employees, over 47,000 strong, volunteer their time at community events like this one, and share their passion for engineering and technology with students at CAMM career days. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.

Professional Educators, Conservation Partners, and Volunteers will make it happen.

The enthusiastic support of Time Warner Cable volunteers together with dozens of environmental agencies, conservation groups, and community-minded volunteers are responsible for delivering this event to youth in Wilmington.

The North Carolina State Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is responsible for coordinating this event. Requests for more information about Kids Gone Wild! can be directed by e-mail to ncqdma@yahoo.com or by phone to 919 552 9449.  The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) [on the web at www.qdma.com ]is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring a high-quality and sustainable future for white-tailed deer and white-tailed deer hunting. Founded in 1988, the QDMA currently has more than 50,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign countries including many deer management professionals.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission serves as an integral partner, helping students to appreciate that conservation and management of our natural resources are essential to our lives. Environmental educators from the NC Coastal Federation, National Estuarine Research Reserve, North Carolina Falconer’s Guild, Jordan Lake Educational Forest, Cape Fear River Watch, NCPARC, and QDMA will deliver workshops.  Dozens of conservation groups will provide interactive activities, participate in the scavenger hunt, and conduct workshops promoting the outdoors and outdoor lore.

More about this year’s Cape Fear Wildlife Expo can be found online at www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com