VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO TEACH YOUNG NEW MEXICANS THE JOYS OF FISHING

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO TEACH YOUNG NEW MEXICANS THE JOYS OF FISHING
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is looking for a few good – or even not so good – anglers to teach children and young adults the joys and responsibilities of fishing and stewardship of our state’s fishing waters. Adult volunteers will assist the Department at fishing clinics, stream monitoring activities and other programs. Most of the activities will be outdoors, but some classroom work may be involved. “This is a great opportunity to have a positive influence on kids by helping them develop a lifelong love of fishing and the outdoors,” said Kevin Holladay, the Department’s Aquatic Resource Education Coordinator. “We’re not looking for expert anglers. We just need people who are jazzed about teaching kids about fishing.” Last year, more than 3,200 young anglers participated in the statewide program, which includes handson instruction about fishing basics, ethics and how to contribute to healthy ecosystems. Adult volunteers pass along angling ethics while they teach participants how to cast, tie knots and clean fish. The young anglers also learn how to assist the Department with stream monitoring by taking water samples, recording observations and other activities. If you would like to make a difference and teach a kid to fish, contact Kevin Holladay at (505) 476-8095 or kholladay@state.nm.us. Programs will begin around May 1, but there is no deadline to sign up.

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