Release Date: 04/18/2006

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is offering a Families Understanding Nature (FUN) camp for fathers and their children over the May 19-21 weekend at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, just south of Alexandria.

FUN camps offer parents and their children an opportunity to spend the weekend enjoying the outdoors, while learning skills and strengthening their family bonds.  Professional instructors will help campers feel more comfortable in the outdoors by teaching them about canoeing, camping, rifle and shotgun shooting, archery and fishing. 

All participants will arrive Friday evening and stay through noon Sunday.  On Saturday night families will cook their own supper and on Sunday morning cook their own breakfast.  Instructors will guide campers in setting up camps, building a campfire, cooking and cleaning up.  All tents, cooking, shooting and fishing gear, and safety equipment will be provided.

Children must be between 10 and 13 years old.  Applications must be received by May 5 and accompanied with a $50 check for each adult with one child and a $25 check for each additional child made out to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  The fee includes program activities, materials, meals, lodging and adult and child T-shirts.  Applications can be obtained by calling Mike Burns at 318-484-2212, or by downloading it by clicking here or by going to the "Education/Research" drop down menu at the top of the screen. 

This popular camp fills quickly, so families interested in participating are encouraged to register soon. 

For more information, contact Michael Burns at 318-484-2212 or burns_m@centurytel.net.