COLUMBUS, OH -- Ohio educators and others who work with young
people are urged to become active in a statewide natural resources
and drug awareness program known as "Hooked On Fishing - Not On
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of
Wildlife will host five workshops this fall to introduce educators
and community counselors to this outdoor education program.
"Fishing is a fun and exciting way for students to make a
connection with their surroundings. It offers many rewards, not
just for the student, but also for their peers. 'The Hooked On
Fishing - Not On Drugs' program may be their first opportunity to
enjoy a day of fishing and begin a lifetime of enjoyment," said
Marc Sommer, ODNR aquatic education coordinator.
Training workshops will be held at four of the state wildlife
district headquarters from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following
days: September 26 in Akron; October 1 in Findlay; October 3 in
Athens; and October 8 in Columbus. An October 24 workshop in
Springfield will be held at the ODNR Division of Watercraft
district office at Buck Creek State Park.
Each workshop is limited to 25 people. Individuals interested
in participating must register at least five days in advance.
Prior to the workshop, registrants will receive a confirmation
notice and map of directions. The workshops are sponsored by the
ODNR Division of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and
the Future Fisherma Foundation.
Participants will receive teacher training and learn how to
implement the "Hooked On Fishing" program in their communities.
They will also receive free student materials, free fishing and
aquatic exploration equipment, and become eligible for subsidy
grants to help fund fishing events and other aquatic education
activities. More than 100,000 kids across Ohio have been
introduced to fishing through the program since 1993.
Individuals interested in registering for a workshop or who
want to learn more about the "Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs"
program can call 1-800-WILDLIFE.