Refuge Friends Inc is raising money to purchase tackle for the 5th grade students that participate in Youth Fishing Day. Students go home with a small tackle box that includes a bobber, sinkers, hooks, and a couple of jigs and each tackle box costs between $4-$6. We have been able to provide this to students at no cost in previous years due to generous donations from the community and local businesses.
Youth Fishing Day
Who: 3 schools --> 10 classes --> 225 local 5th graders
Schools: Vista View Elementary (Burnsville, MN), Poplar Bridge Elementary (Bloomington, MN) and Lake Nokomis Community School Keewaydin (Minneapolis, MN)
What: Youth Fishing Day is a day-long field trip where students rotate between half hour learning stations and one hour of open fishing. At the learning stations they learn how to identify common game fish, what tackle is appropriate for different types of fish, how to be ethical and leave no trace, and how to cast.
Where: Bass Ponds Trailhead on the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Why: Many of these students have never been fishing before! The participating schools have at least 40% of their student body utilizing the Free/Reduced Lunch program. Not only do students leave this event with the knowledge and confidence to fish on their own, they also leave with the current Minnesota Fishing Regulations Handbook, a FiN Guide to Fishing in the Twin Cities Metro Area Booklet, a Zebco rod and reel, and tackle to outfit their pole. All the equipment that they need to continue fishing during the summer!
To learn more about Refuge Friends Inc, check us out on the web at http://refugefriendsinc.org/.