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Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Training to be Held August 7 in Baton Rouge

This August, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, will be hosting their last scheduled free* Aquatic Volunteer Instructor workshop for 2019 in Baton Rouge. It will be held on Wednesday, August 7th, from 8:30 to 4:30 at LDWF’s Waddill Wildlife Refuge and is open to all.

Through LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP), volunteers will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach today’s youth about fishing and other fishing related topics. This program is a perfect opportunity for teachers, Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and anyone who is passionate about fishing and the outdoors!

At this hands-on workshop led by LDWF biologists, you’ll receive the training necessary to become a volunteer instructor, a vital ally in LDWF’s efforts to increase fishing participation and wise utilization of natural resources across Louisiana. Topics and activities include knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing techniques, fish identification, fisheries management, and more. All attendees will be provided with lesson plans and activity guides for grades K-12, as well as additional educational materials.

After completing the 8-hour workshop and passing a background check, volunteers can borrow equipment to help teach these topics to others. For example, if you’ve always wanted to host your own fishing clinic for youth, but didn’t have the materials and resources to run one, then this is your solution! We can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, art and crafts activities, and more.

To find out more information or to sign up online, please visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs. If you cannot make it to this workshop but have a group of people interested in taking this training together, then we can come to your area and set-up a private workshop. For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program or to set-up your private workshop, contact Alayna Ader at (504)286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.

*A $25 registration fee is required to reserve your spot. This fee will be returned upon your arrival at the workshop.

The Fisheries Extension Outreach Program fosters responsible, licensed anglers by organizing community fishing events and developing opportunities for anglers to participate in the conservation of Louisiana’s aquatic resources. The program promotes awareness of the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which utilizes angler support to help ensure the future of recreational fishing in Louisiana for generations to come.