OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DAY 2018
When: Saturday, August 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Near Bldgs 2507 & 2509 off of Rte. 26 and Munns Corner Road between Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield and Great Bend
Outdoor Adventure Day is a family-friendly, free event with hands-on activities and demonstrations appropriate for all ages focused on outdoor recreation and the outdoors. The event is open to families on Fort Drum as well as the North Country community.
This event is being coordinated by Fort Drum's Natural Resources Branch (Directorate of Public Works) and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County. Other cooperators include Fort Drum's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Parks & Recreation Program; Fort Drum's Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department and Game Warden Section; the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Mineral Resources and Division of Fish & Wildlife; New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program; Jefferson Community College in Watertown; the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center in Cortland; SUNY-ESF Woodsmen's Team in Syracuse; the Fort Drum Chapter of Project Healing Waters; Oswego County Tourism; and Lewis County Chamber of Commerce.
The 6th Annual Outdoor Adventure Day will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The event will take place rain-or-shine. As the name implies, it will be outdoors, so please dress appropriately and bring sun screen, water, etc.
Outdoor Adventure Day will take place in and around Building S-2507/2509 on Fort Drum. This is outside the fenceline and there is no requirement to pass through the security gates. Parking will be behind Buildings S-2507/2509 off of Munn's Corner Road.
Directions from Interstate 81: take Exit 48A to Interstate I-781. Go 4.0 miles to Exit 4 (the only exit) before the Fort Drum Main Gate. At the stoplights at the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto US 11 North and go approximately 3.0 miles to NY Rte. 26 (at Evans Mills). Turn right on NY Rte. 26 and go approximately 5.0 miles (past the stoplights going to Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield) and turn left into the driveway ("Natural Resources Permits" is on a green sign). Parking is in the grassy field behind the building (adjacent to Munn’s Corners Road)—follow the signs.
Directions from NYS Rte. 3: In Great Bend at the junction of NYS Rte. 3 and NYS Rte. 26., go west on NYS Rte. 26 approximately 0.3 miles over the Black River. Turn right into the driveway ("Natural Resources Permits" is on a green sign). Parking is in the grassy field behind the building (adjacent to Munn’s Corners Road)—follow the signs.
The event is open to EVERYONE whether living on Fort Drum or not. Adults of all ages as well as children from 2 to 18 will find interesting things to see and do.
Families may also bring their own food and picnicking is allowed on the grounds. There are drinking fountains available in Bldg. S-2509 and water stations will be available around the grounds, but please also bring water and stay hydrated.
Restrooms and hand-washing stations are available.
This is a family-friendly event. No profanity, alcohol or smoking. (If you must smoke, please smoke in the parking lot area.)
In 2017, there were 32 stations set up around the grounds of Buildings S-2507/2509. People can meander and spend as much (or as little) time as they desire. Some stations have scheduled demonstrations; some will have demonstrations or activities running throughout the day. Some of the stations will include:
Trees & Forest Management. Learn about trees and forest products. See equipment used by Fort Drum's Forest Management Program. Chainsaw safety and tree falling demonstrations at 10:10, 11:10, 12:10, 1:10, 2:10, and 3:10.
SUNY-ESF Woodsmen's Team. See the Woodsmen's Team from the State University of New York - College of Environmental Science & Forestry demonstrate some of their sport events with saws and axes during scheduled times: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30.
Conservation Law Enforcement. Meet Fort Drum Game Wardens and NYSDEC Environmental Conservation Officers and see of the equipment they use including snowmobiles, boats, ATVs, and a robotic deer. Try to save a "drowning victim" by throwing a life ring.
Archery. Learn to use a bow and arrow under the guidance of 4-H Shooting Sports certified instructors. Participants must be at least 10 years of age to shoot. A Hold Harmless Agreement must be signed before participating.
Air Rifle. Learn to use an air rifle under the guidance of 4-H Shooting Sports certified instructors. Participants must be at least 10 years of age to shoot. A Hold Harmless Agreement must be signed before participating.
Fishing. Meet local fishing expert Don Meissner and Justin Walts. Try your hand at casting different rods and test your casting accuracy. Test the action of different lures--or test whether they sink or float--in a large aquarium. Play with live bait--nightcrawlers and minnows will be available. Learn to tie a fly and fly fishing techniques with Project Healing Waters.
NEW IN 2016: Find your own Herkimer diamond from rock provided by Ace of Diamonds Mine & Campground--just 1.5 hours away in Herkimer County.
Wildlife Viewing & Photography. Meet Fort Drum's ornithologist to learn about birds; and two local dragonfly experts and learn all about insects right in your own backyard!
Water Resources & St. Lawrence River. Learn about the importance of rivers and wetlands from local stewards with the Thousand Islands Land Trust in Clayton, NY.
Camping & Knot-Tying. Try your hand at knot-tying and campfire building with Cub Scout Pack 26, Girl Scout Troop 50125, and Boy Scout Troop 26.
Fish & Wildlife. Live animals will be on display in Bldg. S-2509. Get close up and personal with live frogs, fish, snakes, and turtles. Taxidermist mounts and other displays can be viewed.
Information about tourism and activities in the area will be provided by the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, Oswego County Promotion & Tourism, and the 1000 Islands International Tourism Council.
Smokey Bear will be strolling the grounds throughout the event--how often he'll be seen will depend on how hot it is that day. (Bears get hot under all that fur!)