The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission sponsors youth outdoor expos every May. These expos invite thousands of 5th graders from area schools to get outside and experience fun, conservation-related activities.
Expos are held each year in partnership with the United States Forest Service at the Lake Sylvia Recreation Area, which is reserved by the Commission with a three-day special use permit. Other youth expos occur at the Commission's nature and education centers.
At each expo, school groups pass through four stations of one hour duration. The stations include archery, fishing, BB-gun shooting, and a biology station which may focus on deer, elk, reptiles, turkey, or waterfowl. At the end of each day, a big demonstration is held for all of the groups featuring trained dogs, turkey netting, or other eye-catching conservation activity. The students are present at the expos from 9:00 until 2:30.