STEP OUTSIDE DAY Set for May 12 at Sherburne W.M.A.

Release Date: 04/19/2012

April 19, 2012-- The 8th Annual STEP OUTSIDE DAY, an outdoor education program, will be held at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA), in the Atchafalaya Basin on Saturday, May 12.

STEP OUTSIDE DAY is open to all children and adults.  Sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this outdoors day targets youths and individuals with special needs to provide an opportunity to engage in safe, hands-on outdoor activities.  All Activities run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Sherburne WMA headquarters area.

This year’s event will include fishing, archery, boating, target and trap shooting, nature photography, bird watching, ATV Safety, and many other outdoor activities, such as turkey trapping demonstrations, trapping techniques, turkey and duck calling, and information on the Louisiana black bear and alligators.

Drinks and food will be provided on site for participants. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers will be allowed on the premises.

Directions to Sherburne WMA headquarters: From US Hwy. 190, take the Sherburne (LA 975) exit, and drive south approx. 3 miles; event activities will be on the left, near Big Alabama Bayou. From I-10, take the Whiskey Bay Exit, and drive north approx. 13 miles on LA 975, event activities will be on the right, near Big Alabama Bayou.

For more information about the event, call the LDWF Opelousas field office, 337-948-0255 or e-mail tvidrine@wlf.la.gov.