Join us for the first Adventure On! Freedom Festival!
September 10-12, 2021
Summit Bechtel Reserve – Glen Jean, WV 
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Adventure On! Freedom Festival at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is a unique approach to a weekend festival where adventure is the headliner. This experiential festival celebrates all the things people love about the outdoors. With the recent rise in outdoor recreation and the establishment of America’s newest National Park (New River Gorge), this event will allow individuals and families to get out and “adventure on” in the outdoors safely. 

The Adventure On! Freedom Festival will bring together a variety of aspects of the active outdoor lifestyle, and participants will be able to customize their experience. In addition to admission to the festival, participants will be able to upgrade their tickets to add ziplining, aquatics, mountain biking and climbing for an additional cost. 

For general inquiries, please contact Kayla Donathan (Event Coordinator) at kayla.m.donathan@wv.gov or (304) 558-2771.

National Hunting and Fishing Days

Adventure On! will feature West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days, the states largest outdoor hunting and fishing show. With big buck and trophy fish displays, vendors, and the Outdoor Youth Challenge, this event provides family-friendly activities for all ages. 

Outdoor Youth Challenge

Children between the ages of 6-18 are invited to participate in the Outdoor Youth Challenge (OYC). The Outdoor Youth Challenge is both a youth expo and competition, which is held annually at National Hunting and Fishing Days.  Young people can experience a multitude of activities and displays with real hands-on learning and instructional opportunities that will encourage them to gain important knowledge and experience about wildlife, hunting, fishing, firearms safety, and outdoor recreation.  

The OYC is an incredibly important event at National Hunting and Fishing Days because, for some children, this may be the only opportunity they will have to be exposed to these fun and exciting outdoor activities. With the ongoing national efforts towards the recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3), the OYC has become a pivotal component toward the future of conservation in West Virginia.

YOUTH CHALLENGE ACTIVITIES

  • Wildlife Identification
  • Boating and Water Safety
  • DNR Law Enforcement Challenge
  • WVDEP Youth Environmental Program
  • DNR Law Enforcement Laser Shot Trailer
  • NWTF Pellet Gun Shoot
  • DNR Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
  • Wildlife Jeopardy
  • Touch a Snake
  • Hunt Waterfowl like a Pro
  • Bird Dog Demonstrations
  • 3D Topographic Sand Table
  • Archery
  • Youth Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Bow Fishing
  • Deer Field Dressing/Skinning
  • Fish Filleting
  • Squirrel Field Dressing
  • Tree Stand Safety
  • Fish Identification
  • Bird Identification
  • Know Your Trees
  • Casting
  • Knot Tying
  • .22 Rifle Shooting
  • Shotgun Shooting
  • Muzzleloader Shooting

*Activities are subject to change

Admission and Tickets

Tickets and camping packages are available for purchase here.

  • General Admission (Full Weekend): Free
  • Youth 10 and Under: Free (Accompanied by a paying adult)
  • Parking (Full Weekend): $15 per car
  • Adventure activities and camping options are available for an extra fee.

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