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2012 Expo - March 16 - 18, 2012
2013 Expo - March 15 - 17, 2013

Kids Gone Wild!

Stats from 2012 Kids Gone Wild!

The goal for 2012, set following the 2011 event, was to reach between 450 and 500 children.  Exceeding the 2012 recruitment goal by more than 40% speaks volumes!  Children were engaged and enthusiastic; chaperones and instructors were equally so.

  • 701 Children (including walk ins and tag alongs) attended this year's "Kids Gone Wild" STEM event. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

  • Delivered more than 2,800 hours of STEM education

  • Recruitment was offered to public schools primarily through science coordinators.

  • Recruitment to homeschools promoted its value to STEM related education and careers.

  • Children arrived from 13 different North Carolina counties that could be identified; 3 of 20 students included in the count below came in from out of state.

County # of Children
Alamance 6
Bladen 93
Brunswick 5
Cumberland 3
Duplin 57
Harnett 2
Johnston 1
New Hanover 192
Onslow 32
Pender 215
Pitt 61
Sampson 4
Wake 10
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                  TOTAL 701
  • This project was delivered by nearly 100 volunteers associated with more than 30 unique organizations - federal/state agencies, conservation organizations, and business (inclusive of the workshop and scavenger hunt activity).

FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required.  Request an application by email to or contact Judy Gardner, NC State Chapter Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) at 919-552-9449.  Please register early, we expect all seats to be spoken for by the end of November.

Kids Gone Wild! is proudly sponsored by Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), a five-year, $100 million national philanthropic initiative to connect students with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.  By partnering with programs that inspire students to pursue STEM education and careers like "Kids Gone Wild", Time Warner Cable is working to ensure more students become the problem solvers of tomorrow.  To learn more, visit

Kids Gone Wild! is being delivered by the NC State Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) as a QDMA REACH initiative in partnership with its QDMA branches, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, NC Department of Forestry, Cape Fear River Watch, NC PARC, Time Warner Cable, NC National Estuarine Research Reserve, Jordan Lake Educational Forest, and many other dedicated wildlife conservation partners.