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Share your love of the outdoors: Teach kids to fish
 
January 7, 2011

 

ODFW and Oregon 4-H host fishing instructor training in Redmond

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the regon 4-H program will hold an Angler and Aquatic Education Instructor training on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Redmond.

Training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Redmond. The program is free and open to anyone 18 years or older interested in becoming a volunteer angling instructor.

“Our volunteer instructors are an important resource for today’s young people. They hold after-school fishing clubs, offer summer enrichment classes and host local fishing events,” said Darlene Sprecher, ODFW angling education program assistant. “Many also volunteer at ODFW-sponsored youth angling and free fishing weekend events.”

Saturday’s training will introduce participants to the program curriculum, which includes basic fishing skills, stewardship, aquatic resources and water safety, and includes a primer on teaching techniques and creating lesson plans. The agenda also includes an overview of Oregon 4-H and opportunities to teach about sport fishing within the 4-H program.

According to Shahab Farzanegan, ODFW Aquatic and Angling Education Program coordinator, the program not only provides training and curriculum, it also has equipment and other supplies available for loan to instructors, and can help in planning and organizing fishing events.

“We encourage anyone who wants to share their love of fishing with young people and their families to become a volunteer angler education instructor,” said Farzanegan said. 4-H leaders, youth leaders, classroom teachers and fishing club members are encouraged to participate.

Pre-registration for Saturday’s training is required by Wednesday, Jan. 19. Lunch will be provided. To register, and for more information, contact David White (541) 548-6088 ext. 7953 or e-mail: David.White@oregonstate.edu

The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us.

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Contact:

Shahab Farzanegan (503) 947-6017
Darlene Sprecher (503) 947-6025
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

Fax: (503) 947-6009
 
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