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Division of Fish & Wildlife Youth Fishing Programs
Bring your family out for a great day at the water's edge!



Take a Kid Fishing! Program*

Delaware is a great state for youth fishing!  We have many places to fish, and the Division of Fish & Wildlife offers free fishing lessons for children and young teens by way of the Take A Kid Fishing! program, sponsored by DNREC’s Aquatic Resources Education Center. Take A Kid Fishing! events are geared toward children ages 6 through 15, and take place at ponds throughout the state. Participants learn fundamental fishing skills and conservation. All equipment is provided, plus there are activity stations, prizes and time to practice new fishing skills.

For more information, please email Mary Rivera

* The 2018 Take A Kid Fishing! season has ended. Dates for for next summer's program will be posted in January, 2019. Meanwhile, why not check out the Division of Fish & Wildlife's new youth program, "Small Fry Adventures?"

"Small Fry Adventures" is a program geared towards youngsters age 4 to 9 who might want to find out about fish and other critters that live in the tidal salt marsh.  Kids will have a chance to view marine life in the center's aquariums and make a simple craft with an aquatic theme.

"Small Fry Adventures" dates and themes are:

  • Tuesday, July 24       "Make Friends With a Fish"
  • Tuesday, August 7    "Crabby Adventures"
  • Tuesday, August 14  "Marsh Explorers"

All three programs are scheduled to run from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m. at the Aquatic Resources Education Center, 2520 Lighthouse Road, Smyrna, DE  19977

To insure enough supplies are on hand for these programs, pre-registration is recommended.  To pre-register for "Small Fry Adventures," or for more information about the program, please contact Mary Rivera at


Interested in becoming a youth fishing program volunteer?
We are currently seeking volunteers to help with our youth angling programs.  The activities are fun and easy - you do not have to have any special knowledge of fishing in order to volunteer. We have some volunteers who are avid anglers and others who prefer to help kids with activities such as knot-tying or fish printing. There is something for everyone who would like to get outdoors and join other volunteers in a great program for kids!  To volunteer, please contact Mary Rivera at 

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