Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ day set for May 12 at Killens Pond State Park
FELTON (May 9, 2012) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying their hand at landing a fish? The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Take a Kid Fishing! program is designed for these budding young anglers, and the next date on the program’s calendar is coming right up.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, youth ages 6 through 15 are invited to come out with a parent/guardian and cast a line at Killens Pond State Park* in Felton. (Directions)
Sponsored by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Resource Education Center and Delaware State Parks, Take a Kid Fishing! teaches young people fundamental fishing skills and conservation. Along with the angling, these free-admission* days also feature activity stations and prizes. Participants should plan to arrive by 10 a.m., when experienced instructors will begin the educational program. Fishing equipment will be provided, but participants may want to pack a picnic lunch.
Additional Take a Kid Fishing! days are scheduled for the following upcoming Saturdays:
- 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., June 2 - Aquatic Resource Education Center in Smyrna, Directions
- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., June 16 - Father's Day Fishing at Wilmington State Parks (Brandywine Park)*, Directions
- The program also will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon on three upcoming Sundays: June 17, July 22 and Aug. 19, meeting at the boathouse at Trap Pond State Park* near Laurel. Free fishing instruction and other activities will be offered from 8 to 9 a.m., with fishing beginning at 9 a.m. Catch and release is encouraged for young anglers landing fish.
Participation in the program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register for May 12 or any of the upcoming Take a Kid Fishing! dates, or for more information about the program, please call Tess Belcher at 302-735-8656 or email Theresa.Belcher@state.de.us.
* While the events are free, Delaware State Parks entrance fees are in effect for the fishing days at Killens Pond, Trap Pond and Wilmington state parks: for each vehicle, $3 with Delaware tags and $6 with out-of-state tags. Entrance passes for free park admission are available to participants with pre-registration. Participants 16 years and older must have a current Delaware fishing license and a FIN number to fish.
This program is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is in conjunction with the national No Child Left Inside program.
Vol. 42, No. 174