Outdoor Weekend Learning Seminars | O.W.L.S.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's new O.W.L.S. program is designed to provide youth, women, and families with hands-on opportunities to build skills and knowledge to safely and responsibly enjoy fishing, paddling, camping, shooting sports, and many other outdoor activities.

O.W.L.S is proud to be an equal opportunity program that celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment. The application process allows us to prioritize educational opportunities for individuals with a willingness to learn but little to no experience in the particular seminar discipline.

Check out our exciting 2022-2023 O.W.L.S. events below! Follow the "Apply Here" links for this year's events. Application links will appear in November for the 2023 events.

Northwest Region

    At Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center

    Located in Midway, FL (outside of Tallahassee)
    February, 2023 - Focus: Wildlife Discovery for Families
    May, 2023 - Focus: Fishing for Families

    At Bay County Shooting Range

    Located in Panama City Beach, FL
    April 1, 2023 - Focus: Shooting Sports: Shotgun, for Families

    At Chinsegut Conservation Center

    Located in Brooksville, FL (between Ocala and Tampa)
    Program details and dates coming soon!

North Central Region

    At the University of Florida

    Located in Gainesville, FL
    October 15, 2022 - Focus: Deer Hunting 101, for College Students. Apply here.

    At the University of North Florida

    Located outside of Jacksonville, FL
    Spring 2023 - Focus: Meat Locavores:Hunting Seminar

Northeast Region


Southwest Region

    At Suncoast Youth Conservation Center

    Located in Apollo Beach, outside of Tampa, FL
    Program details and dates coming soon!

    At Tenoroc Conservation Center

    Located in Lakeland, FL
    October 29, 2022 - Focus: Shooting Sports, shotgun/rifle, for Families. Apply here.
    February 18, 2023 - Focus: Shooting Sports, archery/blackpowder, for Families

South Region

    At Everglades Youth Conservation Center

    Located in West Palm Beach, FL
    November 5-6, 2022 - Focus: Camping, for Families. Apply here.
    March 25-26, 2023 - Focus: Fishing, for Families

Questions? Send us an email at OWLS@MyFWC.com. We can't wait to see you at an O.W.L.S. program this year!