Education briefs for July 26, 2014: Hunter Outreach Program available for youths, women

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The deadline to apply for the Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Programs is 5 p.m. Aug. 1.

The agency offers classes for women and youths interested in learning how to hunt big or small game, including deer, elk, pronghorn, upland birds or waterfowl, through Women Afield and Youth Hunting

According to a CPW press release, the Hunter Outreach Program provides guidance and mentorships to novice women and youth hunters through various clinics, workshops, seminars and private-land hunts that instill the knowledge, skills, ethics and traditions of hunting.

Women Afield is designed to allow novice hunters and anglers to learn alongside other women in a comfortable environment. The program's summertime seminars and clinics cover basic shooting, fishing and archery skills in the classroom or range.

Youth Hunting provides inexperienced hunters between the ages of 10 and 17 with a variety of clinics and seminars. The mentoring and guidance provided during the clinics and hunts is designed for a positive, outdoor experience that can lead to a lifelong respect and enjoyment of the outdoors.

Kids between the ages of 12 and 17 can participate in mentored big game hunts. Those between ages 10 and 17 also are eligible for mentored upland game and waterfowl hunts.

Big game hunts are only for antlerless animals of the species.

CPW reminds participants in the release that the experience is geared toward education, with a harvest being viewed as a bonus. As with all hunting, not all participants will harvest an animal.

Applications submitted to the Hunter Outreach Program are selected by random drawing. Successful applicants are offered a hunt by the outreach coordinator. If the successful applicant accepts the hunt, they are booked on that hunt and will be contacted by the Huntmaster in charge.

If the hunt is declined, the hunt is offered to another hunter.

For more information about Youth Hunting, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/OutreachYouth.aspx
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For more information about Women Afield, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/OutreachWomen.aspx.

Host families needed for global exchange program

Visiting students, ages 15 to 18, from around the world, including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand, are seeking host families in and around Craig for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year for both the fall semester and full school year.

According to a press release from International Experience-USA, host families can consist of any type of familial structure and serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member.

Hosting an international student allows people to explore a new culture and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure.

IE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange, certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.

Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA’s program. Each student is responsible for their own spending money and full health insurance coverage.


Host families may review prospective student profiles online at http://ie-usa.org. Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15.

For more information, contact Colorado representative Katie Robinson at 512-538-8080 or at or k.robinson@international-experience.net.

Summer reading program underway

The Moffat County Libraries' summer reading program will run through Aug. 9. There are numerous prizes and drawings involved for participants in the free event.

Youth Club for ages 8 and older will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, with story times at 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays in Craig. Weekly programs known as Boredom Busters also will be available.

The program is available at the Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur branches, though not all features will be at each location.

For more information, call Craig at 970-824-5116, Maybell at 970-272-9919 or Dinosaur at 970-374-2700.

Boys & Girls Club offering summer fun for all ages

Boys & Girls Club of Craig is featuring multiple activities during the summer. The building is open for members every weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 15.

Regular daily events include outdoor excursions such as bike rides, rollerblading, tennis and swimming at Craig City Pool, as well as the array of things for kids to do already at the club.

Programs like 4-H arts and crafts and Torch Club for those wanting to volunteer in the community also are available.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks also are available and free of charge.

Those entering middle school grades in the fall also can participate in the free Thursday Thrills series from 6 to 8 p.m. each week, with events either at the club or locations such as the pool or Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

Membership costs $1 per hour in the summer in addition to the annual dues. The organization offers scholarships for families with financial difficulties.

For more information, call 970-826-0411 or visit http://bgcnwc.org.

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