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4-H to train volunteers to teach children to fish (Released: 2/27/97)

by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Would you like to teach a child how to fish? The 4-H Youth and Development Program at the University of Connecticut is preparing to organize fishing clubs to introduce children to fishing and aquatic science.

A Connecticut-Rhode Island team of instructors will conduct training for volunteers March 15 at the Rhode Island Fish and Game Protection Association Club in West Greenwich, R.I. The volunteers will be trained to serve as club leaders and sportsfishing project leaders. Among the trainers will be George Babey, coordinator of the Aquatic Resources Education Program for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Children involved in the year-round fishing groups will learn fishing skills, including how to make their own tackle. They also will be taught sportsfishing ethics, aquatic biology and aquatic ecology.

For more information on the project, please call Nancy Wilhelm of the University of Connecticut's 4-H Youth Development Program at (860) 486-4127.