Are you interested in getting the family in to water sports?  Thinking about going kayaking or canoeing with your family?  If so then making sure you are safe on the water is important.  Check out the upcoming Red Cross kayaking and canoeing safety courses

Open up a whole new world of outdoor fun with your entire family!


Have a canoe or kayak gathering dust in the garage?
Wanting to get out on a beautiful fall morning and do something in nature that makes you feel good for the rest of the day?

Join us for a “Clean Up & Canoe” on Saturday, October 29th.
Meet at 9 am at 12th Street and Bitting Street, Wichita, KS



The 40th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) — designated by Congressional decree and Presidential Proclamation — will be held Sept. 24. The event is a nationwide celebration of hunters and anglers and their contributions to conservation.

This year, T. Boone Pickens is the honorary chair for National Hunting and Fishing Day. Pickens is one of America’s most prominent and influential businessmen. He is president and CEO of the investment firm BP Capital Management and founder of Mesa Petroleum.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Operations Office will host a NHFD event at its Pratt Operations Office located at 512 SE 25th Ave. (2 miles east and 1 mile south of Pratt) on Saturday, Sept. 24. The celebration will run from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. The event will include a kids’ fishing derby, a casting contest, catch and release fishing, archery, a canoe race, and other outdoor events.

National Hunting and Fishing Day was established in 1972 under President Nixon, when Congress dedicated the fourth Saturday of each September to recognize the efforts of generations of hunters and anglers who support wildlife conservation and habitat improvements with billons of dollars collected through fees on hunting and fishing licenses and permits, excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, as well as donations. Many species such as white-tailed deer, turkey, pronghorn, elk, whooping cranes, and bald eagles were brought back from near extinction through management programs funded by sportsmen.

National Hunting and Fishing Day 2011 sponsors include Wonders of Wildlife, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Sportsman Channel, Realtree, Smith & Wesson, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Cabela’s,, Academy Sports + Outdoors, the Pope and Young Club, Yamaha Motor Corporation, and the Izaak Walton League.

For more information, including a detailed history of National Hunting and Fishing Day, as well as a feature article on Pickens, go online to For events in your area, contact the nearest KDWPT office.

It’s about time we all get outside to play together!  Join Wichita’s 3rd annual Play Day at OJ Watson Park from 1-4pm. 

Your family will be able to:  Canoe, pedal boats, walk on stilts, play on inflatables, paint, miniture golf, play basketball, take a train ride, and much more!

Click here for more information.

Don’t forget about the Arkansas River Coalition (ARC)’s canoe and kayak event, “get acquainted with paddling,” Thursday August 4 from 5:30-8:30pm. 

Meet and load boats in South Riverside below Bitting Street bridge by Wultz Tennis Center. (ARC_8-4-11_Float_Map)  All equipment provided.  For more information click ARC__float_info.

Waivers must be completed for all participants.  ARC_minor_waiver  ARC_adult_waiver

The buses are warming up, teachers are back in their classrooms, stores are starting to sell all those fun supplies…all this means that it’s almost time for school to start!  But, school is not here yet, and if you’re running out of ideas to motivate your kids to play outdoors or on their own check out the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Park’s Wildlifer Challenge

This is not for the lazy or weak at heart.  These “challenges” will get your kids aware and active in the outdoors.  And, there are prizes for completing 15 missions!!!

g2g can help you do LOTS of the challenges.  We’re going fishing (one of the challenges) next week on Wednesday.  You can pitch a tent at our camping event on Friday Sept 23.  We blogged about catching fireflies.  Did you do that?  If yes, you’ve got one challenge already completed!  Go on a Night Walk and find the big dipper (another Wildlifer Challenge).  Or, you can canoe or kayak.  Check out the local event that will help you complete this challenge!  See how easy and fun this will be!

Wildlifer Challenge Mission

 WARNING: if you’re the type of kid who loves to stay indoors, lazily perched on a nice, comfy couch while you text on your phone in front of a television with a game controller in your hand – all day, every day – you are about to be officially challenged!


Should you so choose, you will be taken on a journey of 15 outdoor challenges for you to complete. Upon completion, you will be recognized as an official Kansas WildLifer! The challenges you’ll encounter are not hard to complete if you have one ounce of “WildLifer” spirit inside you. Some challenges may only take you an hour to accomplish, while others may take an entire day. You’ll quickly realize that you are not like everyone else! You’re busting the norm wide open and living life to the fullest!


PROVE to you that getting outside – beyond the playgrounds, ball fields and concrete sidewalks – is a blast!


PROVE to us that you’re not the kind of kid who wastes all of your valuable free time laying around inside the house all day. That’s not you. You like the thrill of adventure. The mystery of the unknown. Maybe even a little danger from time to time. The sense of freedom. You rock!

Exploring the outdoors will make you think for yourself. You have to be creative. Successful. Not because some video game congratulates you on completing another level, but because you PROVE IT TO YOURSELF with what you can do with a little determination and freedom in the wild outdoors!

PARENTAL WARNING: In today’s world, children are spending more time playing video games, texting, and watching TV than ever before.  It’s not that all of these activities are necessarily bad, but anything in excess is usually not a good thing. And lying around the house – all day, every day – is literally killing America’s youth by contributing to an inactive lifestyle, which of course leads to obesity and other social and health problems in our communities. It’s not good. Children all over America are missing out on the opportunities to experience nature, wildlife and the outdoors simply because the experiences have been removed from our culture over time.


If you look at these challenges and think “I’ve done this before. This will be easy”, consider yourself very fortunate. Someone, somewhere along your life’s journey encouraged and supported you as you explored the outdoor world. And that’s now your mission: to be that someone in your child’s outdoor life and experiences.

If when you see these challenges your lip starts to snarl, your brow starts to furrow and your skin starts to crawl, take a deep breath and relax. We’re not asking for much here, and we truly believe that you’ll enjoy yourself. Today, instead of being outdoors, many people choose to stay in their comfortable little electronic worlds. Think about it. It’s a proven fact that kids today spend record amounts of time staring at video games, cell phones and televisions. What about you? Maybe it’s not a video game, but instead it’s your computer or cell phone. And maybe you need to become a WildLifer too! Two birds with one stone…perfect!

Save the Date!

The Arkansas River Coalition (ARC) is hosting a “get acquainted with paddling” event on August 4 from 5:30-8:30pm. 

Meet and load boats in South Riverside below Bitting Street bridge by Wultz Tennis Center.

Have you ever paddled on the Ark River?  Have you seen kayakers or canoers and wondered if you and your family would enjoy it?    Well now’s your chance!

The ARC group invites anyone or any family to come out to experience paddling around the Little Arkansas River to see how they like it.  Kayaks (single & tandem) and canoes will be provided.

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