Field Trip: Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center

On Saturday Tyler’s cub scout pack went fishing and hiking at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center in Lamont, Florida. Beau Turner, son of Ted, opened this center a few years ago “to give all kids a place to participate in outdoor activities close to home, including those who may not regularly have access to natural areas.  By introducing youth to their local habitats, encouraging their curiosity and providing tools to foster their interests we are helping them develop a unique and personal relationship to the outdoors.”

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The center is very well-maintained, and the staff was helpful and friendly. They had poles and safety equipment all set up on the fishing dock, and stood ready with needle-nose pliers and towels to assist with hook removal.

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The hiking trail is a 2-mile loop that meanders through the 160-acre property. We walked from the main building down to the lake, about 1/2 a mile.

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Tyler loves fishing. He does NOT love baiting his own hook, casting, or pulling the fish up on to the dock. So I guess you could say Tyler loves the IDEA of fishing.

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He caught six fish – four catfish and two brim. He was quite pleased with himself. We released all the fish, although the center allows you to keep four fish per child. They also stock fish-fry and other cooking equipment if you want to clean and fry your fish immediately. Adults are not allowed to fish, only to assist the kids.

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Overall, I was very impressed with our experience at Beau Turner, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a family-oriented day trip. The center also offers comprehensive fishing and hunting camps for kids and teenagers during the summer.

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