Conservation World Welcomes Youth and Families to Sample the Outdoors While Visiting the Illinois State Fair

Chris McCloud
Conservation World Welcomes Youth and Families to Sample the Outdoors While Visiting the Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, IL � Youth and families visiting the Illinois State Fair can sample the state�s outdoor recreation opportunities with a stop at Conservation World during this year�s fair, Aug. 10-19 in Springfield.  Conservation World is a 30-acre park with grass, shade trees, ponds and picnic tables located at the northwest corner of the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

"One of our goals here in Illinois is to make sure we leave no child inside � we want our youth outdoors enjoying activities like fishing, camping and hiking.  With a visit to Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair, children and families can get a sense for all the great things there are to do outdoors in our state,� said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller.

Conservation World � open each day during the state fair from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. -- is easily accessible through a pedestrian gate near the Junior Livestock Building, and via a state fair tram stop next to the IDNR Headquarters on the state fairgrounds.

Popular activities for youth at Conservation World include kids fishing clinics at the pond inside the Conservation World gate, with expert instruction and all bait and tackle provided.  The free fishing clinics for youngsters are part of the IDNR Urban Fishing Program.

Just steps away from the fishing clinic pond, youth can stop by the archery range hosted by the IDNR Shooting Sports Development Program and the BB gun practice range hosted by the IDNR Safety Education Program and staffed by volunteer instructors.

Conservation World visitors can purchase Illinois hunting and fishing licenses, get a photo and application for a FOID card, and learn about the duties of a Conservation Police officer at the IDNR Law Enforcement tent. 

Anglers can learn about sport fishing opportunities throughout Illinois by visiting the IDNR Division of Fisheries tent.  Sporting organizations including Ducks Unlimited (DU), the Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources (IFOR), NRA, National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Pheasants Forever (PF), Quail Unlimited (QU), and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) will promote outdoor recreation opportunities, habitat protection and enhancement, and wildlife restoration efforts. 
Information on home landscaping, plants and gardens will be available at the gazebo adjoining the Illinois Green Industry Association Amphitheater in Conservation World.  There will also be free entertainment throughout the fair on the amphitheater stage.

Chris Camp � �The Whip Guy� � will present his popular world-champion whip-cracking western show three times each day in Conservation World. 

Conservation World will be one of the state fairgrounds venues for activities on Park District Conservation Day on Saturday, Aug. 18.  Park districts, forest preserve districts, and conservation districts from throughout Illinois have special activities planned throughout the day highlighting local parks and recreation programs and entertainment.  

Conservation World vendors will have available hand-made crafts, candles, candies, baskets, and a variety of outdoors gear, as well as ice cream, old fashioned root beer and fresh kettle corn. Fair visitors looking for a place to relax for lunch or a snack can also get corn dogs from Vose Concessions and award-winning barbeque from southern Illinois� famed 17th Street Barbeque � both located in Conservation World. 

Illinois State Fair admission includes free admission to Conservation World � open each day of the state fair from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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