Wild Events & Happenings
Calendar of Events - Looking for a wildlife-related workshop, talk, walk or demonstration? Need to find out what hunting seasons are open? Wildlife-related events of all types are regularly updated.
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Outdoor Skills & Safety
The programs listed in this area focus on outdoor skills; skills in many cases related, but not limited to, fishing, hunting, and trapping. Anyone pursuing wildlife with a camera, binoculars fishing rod or firearm, certain basic outdoor skills such as using a map and compass are valuable as part of a successful experience. Safety skills with firearms or fishing rods are also a must for any aspiring sportsman or woman. Most workshops are designed for the novice and promote responsible and ethical actions for all people who enjoy wildlife.
- Angler Education– Learn to fish with MassWildlife’s trained volunteers at a festival or clinic!
- Hunter Education– Offerings included Basic Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education (required for certain licenses or registrations) as well as other hunting related courses.
- Learn to Hunt Program– Perfect for hunters who want to learn new skills or for hunter education graduates who want help as they start hunting.
- Young Adult Pheasant Hunt– For young Hunter Education graduates (12-17 years old) who want to take the next step in hunting but don’t have friends or family members who can take them hunting.
- Young Adult Turkey Hunt - For young Hunter Education graduates (12-17 years old) who want to try turkey hunting but don’t have friends or family members who can take them hunting.
- Junior Conservation Camp– A two-week overnight camp offering a range of natural resource and outdoor skills sessions. For teen girls and boys ages 13-17.
- Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) - An outdoor skills program for adult women. Weekend and one-day workshops are offered during the year and are geared to the novice level.
- Boating and Off-highway Vehicle Safety Courses - These courses are available through the Office of Environmental Law Enforcement and run by the Massachusetts Environmental Police.
To promote the wise use and enjoyment of the state's wildlife and the habitat upon which it depends, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife offers workshops to educators who work with children of all ages. Classroom teachers and aides, youth group and scout leaders, teachers-in-training and homeschool educators will all find valuable activities and information that meet their educational and professional needs. MassWildlife also participates in other related environmental education programs and activities which are also listed below.
- Project WILD– This national wildlife conservation education program consists of several wildlife workshop curriculums for educators, caregivers, and other adults who work with children from pre-school through high school.
- Junior Duck Stamp– With the goal of increasing young people's awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife, students submit artwork for a statewide art contest.
- Massachusetts Envirothon - (external link) A natural resource education program for high school age teams of students. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts, MassWildlife is one of many environmental agencies and organizations participating in this program.
- North American Conservation Education Strategy – A “toolbox” of materials and resources developed by state fish and wildlife agencies to support conservation educators who work with students in grades K – 12.
- Linking Adults and Students to wildlife and the Outdoors –This flyer is designed to be shared with others to provide information on MassWildlife’s conservation education programs.
- MassWildlife's Teaching with Trout Program - This engaging program introduces students grades K-12 to the concepts of ecosystems, fisheries biology, freshwater ecology, water quality, and habitat conservation. Students raise Brook Trout from eggs during the winter then release them into approved cold water streams and lakes in spring.
- Archery in the Schools – A national archery curriculum available for school educators –typically physical education teachers -- the aim of this program is to provide students with an exposure to a fun, alternative outdoor sport enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
- Explore Bowhunting is an educational program designed to help instructors teach students ages 11 and up how to feel comfortable in the outdoors. Through various hands-on lessons and activities students gain confidence interacting with the natural environment and strengthen their appreciation for wildlife and the woods.
- Explore Archery is an international style target shooting program was created to promote the lifelong interest and participation in the sport of archery to participants of all ages. MassWildlife trains educators and allows them to borrow equipment free of charge! This allows any certified instructor the ability to create an archery program in their area.
Volunteer Opportunities in Education
MassWildlife is always looking for volunteers with a passion for passing on their skills and knowledge to others through education and skills programs.
Teach someone to fish through the Angler Education Program ! Whether it's a one-day fishing festival or a short fishing clinic for a small group, teams of trained volunteers work together to make it fun!
Hunters who want to pass their knowledge and experience on to people new to this activity should connect with the Hunter Education Program . Courses are taught by teams of trained volunteers . Bow hunters, muzzleloader enthusiasts, trappers, waterfowlers, as well as skilled compass users are welcome.
When scheduling allows, MassWildlife staff may be available to offer programs to interested civic and conservation groups on a variety of topics or projects ranging from fisheries, wildlife, endangered species, education, and habitat management. Call (508) 389-6300 for further information.