Fishing Workshops for Kids
by: Jim Bell, March 7, 2008 6:03:00 am
The fishing workshops are designed for kids, but since kids have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, everybody can learn the finer points of fishing. Brazos Bend Manager Steve Killian says they're aimed at city kids who don't have many opportunities to go fishing often enough to learn on their own.
"We want to introduce kids to the joy of fishing, so then they can actually begin to really care about our natural world. You know, a lot of kids in our area in the city, their access to the outdoors and fishing is quite limited."
Killian says that's why the Parks and Wildlife Department started these workshops for kids two years ago, and they're usually well attended. He says the workshops teach fishing techniques, how to use fishing equipment, casting, identifying different species of fish, and fishing courtesy and ethics.
"We want to teach the kids that it's important that they don't litter, the food chain in our lakes, rivers and estuaries, you know, how fish relate to our natural world."
The three workshops are tomorrow, Saturday April 5th and Saturday May 10th. They last about an hour, but participants can arrive anytime between 9am and 11am. There's a small fee to get into the park, but the fishing workshops are free and the park provides fishing equipment. There's more information about Brazos Bend State Park, including directions, on our website KUHF dot Org. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.