Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience


Located in HALL 3

Event Details

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources- Help Stop Poaching Trailer

USA Shooting- SCATT Shooting (SCATT systems will help experienced shooters to better their skills, and beginners the chance to shorten the time needed to learn shooting skills by a factor or two or three.)

  • Utah Safari Club- Sensory Safari (experience wildlife from around the world)
  • Wild Sheep Foundation- Rock Climbing Wall
  • Mule Deer Foundation- M.U.L.E.Y- Air rifle shooting
  • S. Fish and Wildlife Service- JR. Duck Stamp Program- Interactive youth activities
  • S. Forest Service Cache District- Interactive youth activities
  • Stokes Nature Center- Interactive youth activities
  • Tread Lightly- Interactive youth activities
  • USAYESS- Interactive youth activities and games

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Event is also held during the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo Saturday, February 10 from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm in HALL 4.

Hosted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in partnership with the Mule Deer Foundation, schools from across Utah will gather to compete for the Utah National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament. Over 1,000 youth sign up to compete. Awards for Elementary, Middle School and High School, as well as both individual and team awards will be presented.

NASP teaches international-style target archery in physical education classes for grades 4 through 12. The program fits easily into the school day, usually as a two-week PE course. The course covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, concentration, core strengthening, physical fitness and self-improvement. Before presenting the archery course to students, teachers undergo a rigorous eight-hour NASP training program.

Utah has become the thirty-second state to participate in NASP, and the program is gaining momentum. As of 2017, Utah has 105 schools trained and participating in NASP, ranging from 4th through 12th grade, and reaching approximately 18,000 Utah youth during the school year. This program offers students lifelong skills and provides many additional benefits. The DWR is working to introduce NASP in other schools across the state. By partnering with sportsmen’s groups and other conservation organizations, the DWR hopes to minimize or eliminate the cost of equipment and instruction.

For more information, visit http://naspschools.org/ or contact RaLynne Takeda at ralynnetakeda@utah.gov.

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