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A Brief History: The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo, fondly referred to as The Big M.O.E., started out with a group of sportsmen and women who wanted to create an opportunity for kids of all ages to learn more about outdoor skills, wildlife and conservation.  They approached the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club in Sturbridge to host the Mass. Outdoor Expo, due to its central location, facilities and the connections the group had to the club. An annual event was born!   


   A couple of  years later, members of the Massachussetts Outdoor Expo group approached F.A.W.N.S.,   (Facts About Wildlife & Nature Society), a non-profit group founded in 1998 to promote the connection of people to the outdoors. 

 FAWNS was interested in promoting educational experiences focusing on the outdoors. A "natural" connection between the Expo group and FAWNS was obvious. 

  A partnership was formed and FAWNS became the organizing entity supporting the Big MOE  Now in it's 18th year (2014) the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo continues to operate as a free family event. Its key function is to offer a first, safe, step into the outdoors guided by the Certified Instructors who oversee the hands-on activity stations.

  The BIG MOE then goes on to provide our participants with the tools to learn about and connect with the many education programs, sporting clubs, and other community pathways to learning more about outdoor activities.   

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  This is our second year going.. we  absolutely love it!  We brought some family members with us this year and they had a blast..   Thank you so much for all your hard work and planning!    Can't wait until next year!      The Halbedel Family     SPENCER MA  


We just had to write and give a huge shout out THANK YOU to all involved that allowed my family and I to enjoy the most awesome family day ever!  This was our first time attending-we spent over 5 hours exploring-creating-learning-having fun with all the events offered-everyone we encountered was friendly-helpful and lots of smiles! :)  We took my 6 year old grandson and he had a blast!  Loved building his birdhouse-loved rock climbing-loved the ARCHERY-loved the mountain bike ride-loved making a turkey caller-loved throwing the ax, etc. etc. etc....  The grounds of Hamilton Rod and Gun Club are beautiful and it was fun exploring on such a  beautiful day! We will recommend this event to everyone and appreciate the fact that the event is FREE-although-if you ever do have to charge admittance- we would gladly pay-(we did leave a donation in the jar)  :)



  Hello, I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful Sunday afternoon spent with my twins fishing for their 1st time at age 5.  Actually my daughter caught her 1st fish on Sunday at your Big MOE event. We had such a blast and want to thank everyone that worked the event and yourself for a day full of events and for  especially free. I have a few photos to share with you of my daughter Jenna as she was so excited to have her 1st catch.  My twins also enjoyed the taxidermy station and posing with the black bear skin along with all the animals. It was a very well managed event for the family.  I wasn’t able to make it over to the rock climbing area and building of bird houses but I can guarantee I will be attending it again next year. 

   Thank you again - Joanne  


    Our family has enjoyed the BIG MOE for the past four years. Thank you for offering such a great event to expose kids to the wonderful outdoor experiences! -family from Woodstock , CT


 Our favorite activities were building bird boxes, taxidermy station and the birds of prey station – Participants from Putnam, CT 



 We were very happy today, no changes needed! -- Family from Southborough, MA


   We’re coming again next year! Group from Sutton, MA   


 We heard about this event from our club’s website, this was our first year and it was great!

 –Sportsmens club member from Charlton   










 FAWNS, PO Box 674 Holden, MA 01520

 Gary Zima, Ludlow, MA 413-589-8900 or 508-389-6300

  Ralph Gajewski, Sturbridge, MA 508-347-7751

 Peter Mirick, West Boylston, MA 508-835-2386