Highland Outdoors Day at Highland Center July 18th, 2020

The Highland Center has partnered with the Department of Wildlife Resources to bring a day of family friendly outdoor education and fun to the community.

Henry Budzinski is the Executive Director of The Highland Center in Monterey.

“We’ve been working with our local conservation police officer Beth McGuire and she has put together Outdoors Day for us, which consists of sessions about outdoors which includes firearms safety,  trapping, habitat, taxidermy, turkey hunting, archery, fly fishing for the kids complete with a trout pool, living with bears in Virginia and boater safety,” says Budzinski.

Each session will be about 45 minutes long and there will be a 15 minute break between each one.  The sessions run concurrently and you can preregister for sessions or register at the event.  Outdoors Day will be held outside at the Highland Center pavilion and Covid 19 precautions will be in effect.

“Masks will be required, social distancing of six feet will be in effect ,” says Budzinski.  “And we’ll have extra masks if someone doesn’t have one.  And each class will be limited to ten people in each session, so all social distancing requirements will be in effect.  We’ll have the hand washing stations and all that to make sure that everyone feels comfortable and to provide the maximum safety for our guests.”

Highland Outdoors Day is Saturday, July 18 from 10 until 4.  It’s a free event.  A break for lunch on your own is planned for noon to 1pm and door prizes will be given out at 3:30.

“I just want to thank Officer McGuire and the Department of Wildlife Resources for putting this all together for the folks of Highland County,” says Budzinski.  “Officer McGuire’s passion is education of the community and especially the young folks on the outdoors.”

If you would like to preregister or get more information, contact Officer Beth McGuire at 540-292-4637 or beth.mcguire@dwr.virginia.gov

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