To promote awareness of outdoor recreational opportunities in Alberta, the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association (A.H.E.I.A.) held their 18th Annual Outdoor Youth Seminar in August. Designed for young outdoor aficionados (ages 7 and up) and their parent(s) or guardian(s) the seminar is a two-day event filled with fun and learning activities. Numerous experts shared information and instruction in various outdoor pursuits.

The seminar was held at our Alford Lake Conservation Education Centre for Excellence west of Caroline, Alberta. Participants arrived on Friday, August 23rd, with activities starting Saturday, August 24th and ending on August 25th around 1:00 PM.

We supplied the Saturday breakfast, lunch and supper as well as a Sunday breakfast. All participants also received a commemorative t-shirt. Saturday supper was our renowned whole pig roast with all the fixings.

We had 99 participants join us this year plus 35 volunteers helping to make this a safe and enjoyable event. Thanks to all those who attended as well as all the volunteers who, once again, gave their time and expertise.

The participants were able to choose four events they were most interested in. This year’s sessions included: introduction to centerfire rifle shooting, upgraded centerfire rifle shooting, crossbow basics, archery, practical rimfire, beginners shotgun, intermediate shotgun, black powder shooting, fishing basics, fly fishing basics, trapping, survival walk, waterfowl calling basics, blood trailing, GPS and geocaching, waterfowl hunting basics and whitetail techniques.

We also held some special sessions on Saturday after supper. These offerings were: making moose calls, wildlife identification, making rattling antlers, making survival kits, paracord survival bracelets, making your own fire starters, knife sharpening and firearms maintenance.

Our 2020 Outdoor Youth Seminar will run August 21-23. If you would like to be placed on our email notification list, please email with your request. Hope to see you there.


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