HOUSTON, TX – Kids Wildlife Conservation Day was held on October 20th, 2018 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham. This two-part event, hosted by Texas Brigades as part of the “Experiences” program, was put on in partnership with Texas Youth Hunting Program and Texas Parks and Wildlife.
In the morning, nearly 75 youth and adults from the area completed TPWD’s hunter education course put on by Mr. John Rao. Afterward, a free Wildlife Organization Expo showcased several other wildlife conservation organizations through live demonstrations, sessions, and booths open to the public. Texas Brigades cadets displayed their informational tri-folds throughout the exhibit hall and engaged youth participants in hands-on activities.
Texas Youth Hunting Program provided a live demonstration on field dressing and quartering a whitetail deer to prepare viewers for their first harvest. A bird dog demonstration was provided by Brazos River Prairie Chapter of Quail Forever, where attendees learned all about working dogs. Texas Dove Hunters Association held an informational “Dove 101” session covering topics such as field safety and dove hunting.
Other organizations in attendance included Houston Safari Club Foundation, Texas Ducks Unlimited, Catfish Bubblegum, National Youth Leadership Council (Quail Forever/Pheasants Forever), and TAG Safari. Throughout the event, attendees entered to win free giveaways from these organizations. One lucky raffle winner paddled away with a 12′ Magellan kayak for their next outdoor adventure!
Overall, Kids Wildlife Conservation Day was a success with nearly 75 individuals graduating from the hunter education course, and many more educated about the wildlife conservation opportunities available across the state.
Texas Brigades extends our sincere appreciation to the local volunteers, parents, and alumni of Texas Brigades, as well as our partner and participating organizations for helping us make this event a success! Special thanks go out to Mrs. Jacinda Woloson for spearheading this event, and Mr. Jose Morales-Wade for facilitating the set-up.
About Texas Brigades
Texas Brigades is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and empower youths with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy. Texas Brigades provides a combination of educational programs, including eight summer camps: Rolling Plains and South Texas Bobwhite Brigade (quail), North and South Texas Buckskin Brigade (whitetail deer), Bass Brigade (freshwater ecosystems), Coastal Brigade (marine ecosystems), Ranch Brigade (livestock), and Waterfowl Brigade. Other Texas Brigades Programs held throughout the year include W.I.L.D. (Wildlife Intensive Leadership Development) as well as several one-day Experiences, like Kids Wildlife Conservation Day.
Copy by McKenzie Mull, Program Manager, Texas Brigades.