Pumpkin season in Chino Valley is a great chance to learn about the outdoors

Share or Bookmark:
| More
September 26th, 2009

Game and Fish Commissioner’s farm to host department educational event

Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner Norm Freeman, as part of his annual Pumpkin Festival, will open his farm in Chino Valley to host a free Arizona Game and Fish Department educational day on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Freeman Farms, 1096 E. Road 3 South, Chino Valley, Ariz. (north of Prescott). Families are invited to come and learn more about outdoor opportunities in Arizona and how you and your kids can get involved.

Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center will be providing an opportunity to get an up close look at wildlife native to Arizona and learn about their natural history.

The Hunter Education staff and volunteers will be there to answer questions about hunter education programs for the young and young at heart. They will also provide information about other learning opportunities that they present throughout the year.

Learn proper archery safety and shooting form while having fun shooting bulls eye’s and popping balloons along the way.  Certified instructors will be on hand to make sure future Robin Hoods of all shapes and sizes will have a great time.  Archers must be 8 years of age or older and registration is necessary for the 30 minute sessions.  You may sign up at the event with class sizes limited to 24 participants.  Accommodations will be made to keep family groups together.

See the off-highway vehicle (OHV) learning center trailer and learn about the new rules and regulations affecting all OHV use in Arizona.  Also learn about the new OHV online education program available through the Game and Fish Department Web site.

Head out to the ponds and learn about boating safety, and get some hands-on canoeing or kayaking experience.

Parking, pumpkin patch admission, horse presentations and the Game and Fish educational event are FREE!

There are other activities available for a fee. A hay ride, mini-corn maze, and petting zoo are available for $3 each for adults and children alike. Proceeds are used to offset operational costs associated with the event.

Directions to the farm: From I-40, go south on Highway 89 from Ash Fork to Chino Valley.  Continue through town to Road 3 South. Turn left on Road 3 South to Freeman Farms.

From I-17, exit on Highway 69 to Prescott. Continue through Dewey. Turn right on Fain Road (will turn into 89A) and stay on it until you reach Highway 89. Turn right and continue into Chino Valley. Look for Road 3 South (and signs). Turn right on Road 3 South to Freeman Farms.

For more information go to: www.azpumpkins.com/index.htm

Leave a Reply