“Teach a man to fish…”

odfw_logoIf you are an avid Oregon angler AND you enjoy sharing your knowledge of the outdoors, then the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon 4-H program have just the thing for you.

The two groups will be co-presenting the Angler and Aquatic Education Instructor training program on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. Taking place at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Redmond, this free program is open to anyone 18 years or older who is interested in becoming an angling instructor volunteer.

So what does a volunteer fishing instructor do, exactly? Good question.  In a press release sent out yesterday, ODFW angling education program assistant Darlene Sprecher laid out the important responsibilities that are expected of the volunteers in the program.

“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 Sprecher. “Many also volunteer at ODFW-sponsored youth angling and free fishing weekend events.”

The training event will go over specifics of the volunteer program curriculum, including fishing skills, stewardship, aquatic resources, water safety, safe handling offishing knives, and an introduction to teaching techniques. Participants in the program also have limited access to statefishing equipmentand supplies, as well as ODFW planning and organizational resources.

Interested? Then you better step on it. The deadline for pre-registration is next Wednesday, Jan. 19. For more information, including registration details, contact David White at 541-548-6088 ext. 7953, or at david.white@oregonstate.edu.

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