TN: TWRA to Host Second Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host the second
Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit (TOYS), June 12-17, 2011 for high
school students from across Tennessee. The Students will be
introduced to many outdoor activities at the event to be held at
the TWRA Montgomery County Shooting Complex near Clarksville.

Among the activities that the students will become acquainted with
will include boating, hunting, trapping, archery, photography,
marksmanship, plant identification, forestry, camping, water
quality, trap shooting, skeet shooting, wildlife identification,
and several classes with wildlife and fishery biology as the topic.
The summit is designed to deepen the students’ appreciation for
outdoor-related activities.

Students will participate in hands-on classes that teach the
importance of the natural resources and their management.
Instructors will be wildlife and fisheries biologists, wildlife
officers, college professors, professional shooting coaches and
experts from specific fields of interest. Students can plan on each
class they sign up for to be two to four hours in length and will
include hands-on application in that subject.

Once students are accepted to the program, they will be able to
attend at least 10 classes during the week. During this week, the
students will have the opportunity to gain certification in many
different programs. TOYS will provide youth opportunities to learn
more in depth about hunting, fishing, and shooting. Students, who
are interested in a career in the natural resources field, will
also enjoy the experiences that normally are not learned until they
are members of the work force.

The TWRA is hosting TOYS in cooperation with the Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Foundation (TWRF).

The cost to attend TOYS is $300 for the week-long experience.
Students will be housed in a hotel in Clarksville and bused each
day to the TWRA complex. All meals are covered in the fee.

Parents or guardians will be required to bring students into town
on Sunday night and pick them up either Friday night at the awards
ceremony or the following morning. Rooms will be available, for a
fee, if parents wish to attend the banquet Friday evening and stay
the night. Students will be required to be picked up by 10 a.m. on
(Saturday) June 18.

Students interested in attending should log on to
www.tnwildlife.org and submit an application by April 30, 2011.
Applicants will be required to pay a deposit of $150 to the
TWRF.

Enrollment is limited to 100 students and if an application is not
accepted, refunds will be returned in full. If an application is
chosen, the successful applicant will be sent a password and web
address to the location of the scheduling packet. Students will
select their classes of interest and pay the balance of the cost of
the program.

Students will be assigned a roommate with two students to a room.
If applicants have someone they know they would prefer as a
roommate, it should be indicated on the application. Applications
can be downloaded from www.tnwildlife.org or www.twrf.net.

For questions or additional information, contact Jereme Odom at
(615) 781-6500, extension 2106, or email, Jereme.Odom@tn.gov.

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