Get Outdoors Day Connects Kids with Nature
As the summer winds down, a free event will get kids away from the screens and outside.
This is the tenth year for Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center’s “Get Outdoors Day.”
Exhibitors from local outdoor organizations, parks, and museums will team up at the Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center to offer hands-on outdoor experiences for families. Prime goals of the day are reaching underserved populations and connecting our youth to nature. Kids can learn about archery, firearm safety, fishing, mountain biking, wildlife, kayaking, and more.
Parents can learn about organizations that help kids develop safe and healthy habits while exploring our great Delmarva outdoors.
Free lunch, water and soft drinks will be offered to all and free drawstring backpacks will be provided to the first 400 kids.
The Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center was the vision of Richard F. Hazel, Eastern Shore philanthropist and former president of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Salisbury. Mr. Hazel loved the outdoors. More importantly, he loved seeing kids connect with nature at his “farm” on Cooper Road in Eden, Maryland.
An avid sportsman until his untimely passing in February 2008, Mr. Hazel spent much of his free time at his 500+ acre preserve. With his friends and family, he maintained the property as a haven for wildlife, including White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkeys, and endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrels. While he enjoyed his quiet mornings hunting alone on his farm, Mr. Hazel truly enjoyed lending the property to scouts and youth groups for a variety of daytime activities and overnight camping experiences. The HODC is proud to carry on this tradition today.
The 10th Annual Get Outdoors Day is from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017.