Kids Cave Added to Trappers Convention

Last summer the U.P. Trappers Association hosted the National Trappers Association Convention and the NTA’s Kids Cave was such a “hit” that they have now made it a part of their own Annual Convention.

“We were amazed at how much fun kids were having and saw more smiling faces then we’ve seen at other youth events. I recommend that the Kids Cave remain a part of all future conventions”, said Bob Steinmetz, long-time member of U.P. Trappers. “Why should we wait till the schedule is complete to announce this exciting new addition?”

In the “Cave” (which will probably be a huge tent combined with the beautiful “Pocket Park” on the fairgrounds). Fishing, Archery, Pellet Guns, building their own mink boxes, a coloring table for younger kids, a Mystery Event called “Bandaging a Bear”, Question and Answer with experienced trappers, panning for gold, a door prize for all, a Hay Scramble with hidden coins and even some “folding money”, and several other fun and instructional “stations.”

The Kids Cave is only one small part of the two-day Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo being held on Friday and Saturday July 12 & 13 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba Michigan. The Cave will be open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM both days.

Kids Cave Schedule 

9:00 AM                          Doors Open

9:30-10:00 AM             Trapping Demo

10:00-11:45 AM           Kids Activities*

11:45 AM-12:30 PM    Hay Scramble

12:30 PM                       Door Prize Drawing

1:00 PM                          Cave Closes


*Activities will be in the Tent and in the Pocket Park.

Scheduled Activities 

  • Build a Mink Box to take home (Tent)
  • Pan for Gold (Tent)
  • Learn how Conservation Officers solve crimes to protect our Natural Resources (Tent) [Not finalized yet!]
  • Try your luck catching fish in the fishpond (Pocket Park)
  • Learn to properly and safely shoot a pellet gun and you get to keep your target (Pocket Park)
  • Learn to safely knock arrows and shoot a longbow (Pocket Park)
  • Bandage a Bear! (Tent)
  • Coloring and Activity Table for younger kids (Tent)
  • Find Coins and Folding Money in the Hay Scramble (Tent) – Divided into younger and older kids