Spring Camp 2017

The Green Bow Foundation held its third annual youth conservation and archery spring camp March 25-26 in Fauquier County. The two-day camp showcased two southern Fauquier conservation projects, archery training, and conservation education conducted by Green Bow Foundation staff and the National Wild Turkey Federation. It also included mentoring from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Officers Eric Plaster and Steve Hicks.

During the two-day camp, The Green Bow Foundation helped rehabilitate several hundred yards of VDGIF property which benefits all local wildlife and our community at the C.F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Our team of volunteers, led by our staff senior conservationists Dyllan Chapins, opened up habitat for young oak trees and improved unpaved roads for VDGIF machinery to be able to perform greater natural resource habitat work throughout the WMA. Our students, parents, and staff accounted for approximately 140 total hours of volunteer time toward the C.F. Phelps project.

The National Wild Turkey Federation’s National Capitol Region Chapter, led by NWTF’s Kevin Walter, conducted a two hour wild turkey education session at C. F. Phelps which introduced and educated 18 youth, their parents, volunteers and staff about wild turkey habitat, biology and hunting tactics.

The Green Bow Foundation’s five USA Archery certified coaches introduced and coached archery for 18 students throughout the weekend shooting both 3-D and stationary targets with compound and recurve bows. During Saturday’s archery clinic, VDGIF Conservation Officer Steve Hicks mentored youth archers and taught students about local game laws.

The Green Bow Foundation’s education coordinator, Heather Reisenweber, taught 18 students wildlife identification by tracks and made take-home plaster molds of actual animal tracks. This class helped 18 students understand the broad ecological diversity of animals we have in Fauquier County.

The Green Bow Foundation, led by our staff senior conservationists Dyllan Chapins, then donated a total of 87.5 hours of time to clean 200 acres of  Fauquier County’ property owned by Fauquier County. We cleared hundreds of pounds of dangerous debris, trash and two illegally-placed hunting stands on the county property with the assistance of volunteers from George Mason University’s Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, VDGIF Conservation Officer Eric Plaster and Fauquier County Supervisor Chris Butler.

During the 2016-2017 hunting season, the Green Bow Foundation collaborated with VDGIF conservation officers who were able to apprehend and successfully prosecute personnel engaged in illegal hunting and trespassing activities in Fauquier County.

“I’m very proud of the Green Bow Foundation students, staff, parents and volunteers who helped make our spring 2017 Camp a success. We were able to teach a lot of local youth about archery, natural resources and wildlife biology, and stewardship. We look forward to doing more great things for our community’s youth and natural resources,” said Jay Pinsky, founder, The Green Bow Foundation.

The Green Bow Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to give youth interested in hunting the education, mentorship and advocacy opportunities to mature into natural resource sustainability leaders within the outdoor sportsman community. To learn more about The Green Bow Foundation, visit us at www.greenbowfoundation.org

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