"Links to the Future" Youth Outdoors Festival is May 18 at Wolf Creek State Park

Richard Glazebrook
"Links to the Future" Youth Outdoors Festival is May 18 at Wolf Creek State Park
WINDSOR, IL � The annual �Links to the Future� youth outdoors festival will take place on Saturday, May 18 at Wolf Creek State Park on Lake Shelbyville, and it is not too late for youth organizations and individuals from throughout central Illinois to plan to participate.

The �Links to the Future�  youth festival, in its 12th year, features fishing, trap shooting, archery, slingshot shooting and other skills competitions, along with instruction on hunting, trapping, habitat enhancement, wildlife conservation, and outdoor recreation safety.

�The festival � free of charge to participating youth � is a great event for promoting our outdoors heritage to the next generation,� said Richard Glazebrook, site superintendent at Eagle Creek State Recreation Area and Wolf Creek State Park.  �Many of us who enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and the outdoors want to share the excitement of outdoor activities with kids who might not have other chances to get outside.  This festival links central Illinois youth to activities they can enjoy for years to come.� 

Activities are scheduled from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. 

As a part of the festival, 26 youth will participate in the popular �Top Gun� competition involving six challenges testing their outdoors skills to determine the �Top Gun� award winner.   Half of the competitors will represent the Lincoln Trail Boy Scout Council, while the rest of the participants in the �Top Gun� competition can be sponsored by sporting and conservation organizations and clubs. 

Organizations interested in registering youth for the �Top Gun� competition, or in otherwise assisting in sponsorship of the �Links to the Future� festival, can contact the Eagle Creek State Recreation Area. 

The �Links to the Future� festival is sponsored in part by Scheels, Delta Waterfowl, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the NRA.

For more information, call the Eagle Creek/Wolf Creek site office at 217-756-8260 or email Richard Glazebrook at Richard.Glazebrook@Illinois.gov.

Follow IDNR on Facebook and Twitter