Division of Wildlife will certify volunteer fishing instructors to teach fishing to kids and new anglers

Any adult, group, or conservation club who has a sincere interest in taking kids fishing should consider becoming a certified Passport to Fishing instructor, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

A Passport certification course is being offered on Tuesday, August 13th at the Wildlife District Four Office. Passport to Fishing is a one-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become Division of Wildlife certified fishing instructors, similar to a hunter education instructor. All participants will need to pass a background check before being certified. This workshop is free of charge and will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Wildlife District Four Office is located at 360 E. State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701.

Passport to Fishing was developed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and adopted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Workshops teach volunteers the basics of fishing and how to run a four-station fishing program with a fishing event. These instructors then go back to their communities, with a written curriculum and training aids, to teach kids and beginning anglers the basics of fishing.

By becoming a certified instructor, you will not only be able to help in reconnecting students with the outdoors, but you will also have the skills and resources to help you do it in a more successful way. Resources available include grants, equipment, publications and brochures, and training.

For more information or to register for the workshop, please call Chelsea no later than August 8th at (740)589-9942. For additional class information, visit www.wildohio.com.

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