One would think after going to this event for over five years, we would be tired of it! However, every year the boys jump out of bed early in the morning to make their way to JAKES Day. JAKES Field Day events introduce young people to the joy of the outdoors. We were able to experience the outdoors through supervised, hands-on activities from various organizations, including our county 4H.
We had to arrive early to help set up the booth. Normally, we have two booths set up next to each other but we were separated by about a half a mile today. Sean helped work at the first booth with the long bows and recurved bows. We blew up balloons upon arriving and then pinned them to a large board several feet out for target practice. Sean was the one to give out the arrows and the designated arrow collector. He did a great job, along with Ryan and the other Senior 4Hers from the county. Ryan really impressed us with his ability to explain the different bows and how to shoot the box. We are so thankful for his ability to work well with the youth.
The following booths were also set up during the event:
Turkey Information-The man who manned this booth was a one-man show not easily forgotten! He did a great job introducing the life of a turkey, taking on the role of the turkey himself. He kindly let me film his impromptu performance to share...yet another video that I cannot put on the blog. I will be showing it to my 4Hers next week. He also shows several turkey calls used in hunting. I would love to have him talk to the 4Hers some time. He also agreed to save some turkey parts on his next hunt for our Wildlife techniques!
Friends of the Forest-Our amigo, Alex, talked to the youth about the population and habitat needs of turkey in Texas. He did an awesome job of explaining the environment needed to increase the turkey population. He used every day examples pertinent to the youth to show that turkeys had some of the same needs.
Rifle Booth-We missed this booth as we stayed at the skeet booth through two sessions.
We ended the day with a hot dog lunch and an invite to go look at trees at the Native Plant Center. As we were heading out, we noticed the skeet booth was still in use! Sean was so excited because he did not get a chance to try this activity (as he was working the other 4H booth). Jaron joined him and they both gave it their best effort. The way I look at it they have now had an experience with the skeet and will be better for next time.
We (our family along with Christi, Rebecca, and Jaron) had a great afternoon finding trees throughout the native center trails. We found so many on our Wildlife contest list. It was fun introducing the actual trees to someone new along with our tricks for identification. I must admit, I was wrong sometimes and Henry had to correct me, but they were similar trees and I am getting better. Henry is a natural (pun intended!) at this, and I am glad he is able to teach in his quiet, gentle way (instead of telling me how silly I am for not knowing these things yet!).
Also, I met a SFA professor willing to come talk to our Wildlife group. Then met a trapper who is going to let us borrow some hides from his supply for animal identification. I love finding great contacts like this at these events. AND...Christi and I were able to find some great examples of Lespedeza and Partridge Pea...get ready Wildlife group...we will have a lot of information for you at our next meeting.
A great day out in nature! Taking some time to 'make the best better' as we learn a little more.