Friday, September 24, 2010

Free NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

The first ever NJ WILD Outdoor Expo will be held this weekend, September 25 and 26, at the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in Upper Freehold, Monmouth County, just off Rt. I-195.

Parking and entrance to the event are free.

The Expo will highlight a host of outdoors adventures such as fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping and hunting that are available in New Jersey's forests, parks and wildlife management areas. There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities geared to avid outdoorsmen and women, as well as to novices, throughout the weekend. An outdoors-supplies flea market and food vendors will also be on site.

Camping demonstrations will be held for families looking to get outdoors together. An "Orienteering Treasure Hunt'' will test participants' compass skills. Archery and shooting ranges will be operating. And there's fun for the kids too, including an opportunity to meet and take photos with the wolves appearing in the new movie "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

The Expo will be held each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Some activities will be offered at a modest fee, and some events require pre-registration.

For a listing of programs and directions to the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, visit

The Expo is sponsored by the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, as well as the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. It is partly financed by a $10,000 grant from the Weatherby Foundation International.

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