March 22, 2011
MADISON - Adults who love to fish or care about Wisconsin lakes and streams can help pass on a favorite Wisconsin tradition to a new generation by attending angler education training workshops set for the Madison area, Dodgeville, the Wisconsin Dells, and Waukesha in April and May.
The Department of Natural Resources Angler Education Program introduces children to basic fishing skills and connects them to Wisconsin's lakes and streams. Adults who attend the workshop receive free materials that they can use to teach their own angler education courses and help guide adventures in local water resource investigations.
Fishing equipment and other materials are available for loan to instructors for their programs, according to Theresa Stabo, DNR aquatic resources education director. More workshops are listed as they are scheduled, so check back frequently to the angler education workshop schedule web page or sign up for Angler Education updates to receive e-mail alerts when new sessions have been added.
Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are free of charge and include lunch or dinner, however, there is a $15 workshop commitment fee to ensure good attendance by registrants. Pre-registration is required and forms can be downloaded from the angler education workshop schedule page of the DNR website and returned to the address on the registration form.
Instructor certification requires a background check; forms will be available at all workshops and certification confirmed within a few weeks of the workshop, Stabo says.
Additional multi-day, for-credit workshops are also found on the web site as are notices of workshops at statewide teacher conferences.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC CLINICS CONTACT: Kim Anderson, (608) 261-6431