NJDEP’s Free 2013 Wild Outdoor Expo Being Held September 14th and 15th

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey families can learn more about the outdoors at the fourth annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, the Department of Environmental Protection-sponsored celebration of the state's natural resources and outdoor heritage. The Expo will be held rain or shine from 10am to 5pm the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15 at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township.

The Expo will include classes, demonstrations and exhibits for a range of outdoor activities, including environmental and conservation exhibits. Both novices and families who are more experienced with the outdoors can enjoy activities related to camping, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, geocaching, wildlife watching and more. There are more than 100 exhibits at the Expo.

"The goal of the Expo is to connect our residents with the natural world through a blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities,’’ added Dave Chanda, Director of the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.

“We want to encourage people to get outdoors in our state, to enjoy the incredible opportunities to be found in New Jersey’s parks and wildlife management areas,’’ said Rich Boornazian, DEP Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources. “We worked hard after Superstorm Sandy to restore our trails and camp sites, to repair damages caused by Sandy, and now encourage people to come out and take full advantage of the Garden State’s beautiful and diverse public lands from High Point to Cape May.’’

For directions to the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area and a complete listing of 2013 programs, visit: www.wildoutdoorexpo.com