Family-Friendly Cape Fear Wildlife Expo Showcases Wildlife, Nature, Conservation & Outdoor Recreation

Family-Friendly Cape Fear Wildlife Expo Showcases Wildlife, Nature, Conservation & Outdoor Recreation

Wilmington, NC (February 10, 2013)— Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the coastal towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach provide an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. On March 15-17, the 5th annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo will showcase the state’s natural resources, wildlife, conservation, and outdoor recreation. The three-day event features more than 100 exhibitors with interactive displays, intriguing workshops and educational activities at the Coastline Conference & Event Center and the riverfront Wilmington Convention Center. ). This year, celebrity guest Randy Edwards from The History Channel’s popular reality show “Swamp People” will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.

The family-friendly Cape Fear Wildlife Expo—a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event—is committed to encourage youth to enjoy the outdoors through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor- related sports and events. Hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), outdoor skills, and more will be waiting for youth at the 2013 Cape Fear Wildlife Expo. Geared to students in the 4th through 8th grade, this interdisciplinary educational experience is on skill development in science, math, environmental education, healthful living, and technology, all delivered in a fun format.

Back by popular demand are the popular “Kids Gone Wild!” academic workshops on Friday (Ages 10-17. Seats limited; pre-registration required: ncqdma@yahoo.com). Many of the Kids Gone Wild activities are available throughout the weekend for Expo attendees to enjoy. Interactive stations will provide youth with hands-on experience in archery, saltwater fly fishing, outdoor survival, geocaching, duck calls, water pollution, the aquatic web, and forestry practices. Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience the NC Wildlife Resources Commission safari trailer and mobile aquarium.

There’s plenty for adults to enjoy with three days of hunting and fishing exhibitors, wildlife art, decoys, boats and accessories, truck and ATV displays, fly fishing demos, camping, guides, outfitters, sport-fishing simulator, contests, archery demos and fun for the entire family. The Expo’s adult workshop series covers a variety of hunting and fishing and environmental topics. A NC/SC Saltwater Fishing School all-day workshop will be held on Saturday (registration required). The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is an annual event coordinated by the North Carolina State Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association (www.qdma.com) in association with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (www.ncwildlife.org).

Want to go? The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo will be held March 15-17 in Wilmington’s historic river district at the Coastline Conference & Event Center (501 Nutt Street) and the Wilmington Convention Center (515 Nutt Street). Expo hours on Friday & Saturday are from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission charge is $10. Senior citizen admission is $7. Children 10 years old and younger get in free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is available at nearby garages. For details, visit www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com or call 910-795-0292.

Outstanding fishing, boating, and camping opportunities abound in Wilmington, NC’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. To request a free Official Visitors Guide, email visit@wilmingtonandbeaches.com or call 1-866- 266-9690. For seasonal offers, featured experiences and events in Wilmington and the island beaches, visit the following websites: www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com, www.VisitCarolinaBeachNC.com, www.VisitKureBeachNC.com, and www.VisitWrightsvilleBeachNC.com.

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