Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ days set for Father’s Day weekend June 16 and 17
WILMINGTON/LAUREL (June 8, 2012) – Do you know a child or young teen age 6 through 15 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 two dates on the program’s calendar are coming right up on Father’s Day weekend. Youth are invited to come out with a parent/guardian at these times and locations:
· 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 16, Wilmington State Parks (Brandywine Park)*, Directions
- 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, June 17 (Father’s Day), Trap Pond State Park* boathouse, near Laurel.
Take a Kid Fishing! also will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon on two additional Sundays: July 22 and Aug. 19, meeting at the boathouse at Trap Pond State Park* near Laurel. On all three Sunday dates, 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.
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. Fishing equipment will be provided, but participants may want to pack a picnic lunch.
Participation in the program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register for June 16 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 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 F.I.N. 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. 222