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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Robert Ramirez, Hunter Education Specialist, (972) 263-1219; robert.ramirez@tpwd.texas.gov ]
May 17, 2010
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Hunter Education Instructors Needed
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be conducting a free hunter education new instructor training workshop on Saturday, June 19th, at Elm Fork Shooting Sports, 10751 Luna Rd., in Dallas. The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
"We will be training new applicants and currently certified instructors in skills trail, live firing exercises and home study procedures," said Robert Ramirez, hunter education specialist with TPWD. "The training puts fun and exciting activities into the learning experience. Students will benefit by going through actual hunting simulations and by making their own decisions regarding responsible actions using 'shoot-don't-shoot' scenarios."
Before you attend this workshop, you must go to the following web site and prepare yourself by going over the Introduction and the first 4 chapters of the instructor training manual. You will sign an acknowledgement and release that you have done this pre-workshop assignment as part of your training. The site is as follows: tpwd.texas.gov/learning/hunter_education/instruct.phtml.
Every Texas hunter born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education course. The hunter education program's goals are to reduce hunting-related accidents and violations; promote safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunting; and enhance hunting traditions and values.
Hunter education provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility and outdoor skills.
"By understanding hunting through education, hunters and non-hunters alike will help make a bright future for the sport. Now is the time to become involved, so let us know if you are interested in becoming an instructor," Ramirez said.
To register, contact Ramirez at (972) 263-1219 or robert.ramirez@tpwd.texas.gov.

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[ Additional Contacts: Z. Segal, Trinity River Audubon Center, (214) 309-5812; zsegal@audubon.org ]
May 17, 2010
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center to be Part of Nature Challenge 2010
ATHENS--Families will be fanning out across North Central Texas this summer in search of outdoor adventures as part of Nature Challenge 2010.
In addition to connecting to their local environment, participants will be able to win prizes for visiting the most sites, compiling the best scrapbook or taking the best photo during their travels.
Theme of the event is Mission: Possible. During the 11 weeks of the event, families will visit as many participating parks and nature centers as they can. Each site will provide information in English and Spanish on specific activities to be completed at that location. Families will keep a record of all their adventures for judging.
"Nature Challenge 2010 is an ideal way for families to explore the outdoor recreation opportunities in their local area," said Zoe Ann Stinchcomb, education director at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens. "The activities designed for each site will take several hours to complete and will involve families in hands-on outdoor fun and nature exploration. Just ask for the Nature Challenge worksheet at the admissions booth, then go enjoy all that TFFC has to offer."
Opening ceremonies will be held at the Trinity River Audubon Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Persons interested in learning more are invited to attend and complete their first mission. The contest will close with an awards ceremony at River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington August 14.
Sponsors of Nature Challenge 2010 include Texas Agrilife Extension, Texas Forest Service and Houston Wilderness.
More information, a list of all the sites that can be visited and on-line registration are at http://www.texasnaturechallenge.org/.