LAMAR, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife will offer a
free weekend of outdoor adventure and skills classes June 10-12 at
Two Buttes State Wildlife Area.
The weekend is geared toward youth and families who want to learn
more about the outdoors. The event begins with skills classes at
noon on Friday and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday.
“This weekend gives families a chance to spend time outdoors and
learn hands-on experience from trained personnel,” said District
Wildlife Manager Todd Marriott. “Folks can enjoy fun and learning
in an outdoor setting, and also have the option to earn their
Hunter Education card.”
Youth must be at least nine years old to have the opportunity to
earn a hunter safety card.
“Even if you already have your hunter safety card, this will be a
great weekend to spend quality time outdoors with your family,”
Marriott said. Participants can practice marksmanship, archery, map
and compass reading, outdoor safety and other outdoor skills
through interactive programs facilitated by Division of Wildlife
The following is a list of just a few of the classes that will be
offered: eastern plains deer hunting strategies, outdoor survival,
muzzleloader basics, upland game birds 101, elk hunting strategies,
bow hunting, modern firearms, waterfowl hunting basics, shotgun
basics, ethical hunting and wildlife management.
Skills classes will take place during the day. Evenings will offer
fishing, campfires or optional sessions. Everything takes place
outdoors, so participants must be prepared for any kind of
“Spending an entire weekend outdoors provides an opportunity to
teach a hunter education course more in-depth than normal,” said
There is no cost to attend.
Families will be allowed to tent camp. Youth staying overnight must
be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meals will be provided, but
campers must bring their own camping equipment — no trailers or
The Outdoor Adventure Weekend takes place at the Two Buttes State
Wildlife Area about forty miles southeast of Lamar. Two Buttes is
about 4-1/2 hour drive from Denver.
The Division of Wildlife will provide all the equipment and meals.
Several local sponsors and clubs are supporting this event with
food, supplies and volunteers. Guns and ammo will be provided —
please do not bring your own.
Participants must pre-register and space is limited. For more
information, or to register, contact Marriott at
For more information about Division of Wildlife classes and events
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