Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)
Took a drive to the American Standardbred Adoption Program (ASAP) south of Genoa today in preparation for KAMO's visit there next Saturday - March 16th. These are animals who are largely rescued after being used in harness racing. The stories of how these horses came to live at the ASAP ranch is truly heartwarming. Would you like to join us to visit the horses? Our trip is free and open to the public. Pictured are a few of the residents. Email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
KAMO gets involved with teaching hunter's education every year and less frequently, makes sure there is a hunter's education instructor certification class in our area. This course is for both hunter's education instructor recertification and new instructor certification. Last time we had a one day class like this, people came to the Coulee region from as far away as Marshfield and Hudson to take the class.
If you are interested in becoming a hunter's education instructor, it doesn't get much easier than this. The benefits are that your group can do a Learn To Hunt (great state program) class conveniently with an instructor in your group. Instructors also become eligible for some great discounts on firearms and outdoor equipment through membership in IHEA.
HUNTER MINI ACADEMY
3/30/2019 10:00 AM - 3/30/2019 3:00 PM
Upper Mississippi River NW&FR, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, 54650
Phone: (715) 214-4211
If you are not already aware of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Fishing Association (W.I.F.A. - studentfishing.com), this is a perfect time to learn about this group as they are teaming with Explore La Crosse to hold a magnum event right in our backyard. Just think of the potential to capture the interest of some students who may not be into traditional offerings at school, but could become interested in being on a fishing team,
This coming weekend, the WIFA is holding their State Championship on Pools 7-8 of the Mississippi River. That’s everything between Trempealeau and Genoa. Over 800 students from 90 high schools around Wisconsin are competing. The pre-fishing day is on Friday, February 15th and the event is on Saturday, February 16th.
I spoke with WIFA Vice President Ted Bonde (Tech Ed teacher - Kiel, Wisconsin) on the phone this morning. He invited KAMO reps or anyone from local schools to visit the La Crosse Center after 2:00 pm Friday or after 3:30 Saturday (fishless weigh in) to gather information from the hundreds of people who will be there. Note that involvement in the WIFA at the middle school level is allowed, but has some restrictions.
Ted is excited about the explosive growth of WIFA - over 100 schools since inception in 2015. He said that WIFA’s fundraising has been effective to the point that new school districts coming on board will not be charged any fees.
Ted Bonde - email@example.com/ 920-698-6133
If you can think of anyone on your school staff or in your community who would be interested in working with your students to form a fishing team at your high school (probably beginning with the 2019-2020 school year), please let them know about this opportunity to visit the La Crosse Center during this event.
WIFA’s mission (similar to KAMO’s)
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Fishing Association is committed to the education, conservation, and management of our natural resources while building an understanding of our aquatic ecosystems and sciences. Our primary goals are to get students involved in the outdoors and to become future ambassadors of our sport through the foundation of spirited competition
La Crosse area:
Dear KAMO Fans
Latest update. All KAMO’s stuff is free. Participants don’t have to be members of KAMO.
Thursday, January 24th - Coulee Region Chill game vs.Wausau Riverwolves- Green Island Ice Arena - 7:00 P.M. MUST RSVP to lead - Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org He will be waiting in the lobby with your ticket prior to the game.
Saturday, Feb. 2nd - Kids Fishing Day/ Interpretative Center Tour - Genoa Fish Hatchery. Check in usually starts at 8:30. Tackle provided. Bring drinking water. Wear warm clothes and boots. Contact Mike at email@example.com if interested
Saturday, February 16th - Sledding - 11:00 am- 2:00 pm. Out on YY between Highways 14 and 33. In a valley - watch for the sign. Please RSVP MIke at firstname.lastname@example.org Bring a sled if you have one. Bring warm clothes. Food, camp fire, hiking trails. This was one of our best events last year.
Sat. February 23rd – Snowshoe at the Marsh - 10:00 am - 12:00 PM at Myrick Park, La Crosse Help put straw in duck nests and explore the frozen river marsh habitat. Contact lead - Mike at email@example.com
Saturday, Time and date to be determined, but on one of these dates - March 9, 16,23, or 30 - American Standardbred Adaption Program (horse ranch). De Soto. Introductory visit. Pet and groom. Lead - Mike - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, April 4th - Nature Sketching - Holmen Library - Details later
Saturday and Sunday, April 6th - 7th - Youth Turkey Hunt -
Saturday, April 27th - Park Clean Up Day
Firearms safety (hunter’s education) - we need to know in advance of your interest
Hydroponics facility tour, High Roller Skating Rink.
Birding event - May, 3P - June, Pontoon rides - July.
News on La Crosse area KAMO event
Ever been on the KAMO website? If not, it's time to get a look at a group that does a lot of good in their communities. You'll be treated to a great ice fishing video.
Interested in KAMO for your child or for as a forum to teach your own outdoor skills? There are chapters in Florence, Poynette, Baraboo, Marshfield, Ladysmith, New Lisbon. La Crosse. The state KAMO finances new chapters activities for their first year and provides technical support as an incentive for those that would like to take the challenge.