Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will
hold an Angler and Aquatic Education Instructor training on
Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arizona Beach
State Park. Arizona Beach State Park is located 13 miles north of
Gold Beach on Hwy 101(across the from Prehistoric Gardens).
This free training is open to anyone 18 years or older
interested in becoming a volunteer angling instructor.
“Our volunteer instructors are an important resource for today’s
young people. They hold after-school fishing clubs, offer summer
enrichment classes and host local fishing events,” said Darlene
Sprecher, ODFW angling education program assistant. “Many also
volunteer at ODFW-sponsored youth angling and free fishing weekend
Saturday’s training will introduce participants to the program
curriculum, which includes basic fishing skills, stewardship,
aquatic resources and water safety. They also will get a primer on
teaching techniques and creating lesson plans.
In addition to training and curriculum, equipment and other
supplies are available for loan to instructors, as is help in
planning and organizing fishing events.
“We encourage anyone who wants to share their love of fishing
with young people and their families to become a volunteer angler
education instructor,” said Shahab Farzanegan, ODFW Aquatic and
Angling Education Coordinator. Youth leaders, classroom teachers
and fishing club members are encouraged to participate.
Pre-registration for Saturday’s training is required by February
25th. Lunch will be provided. To register, and for more
information, contact Darlene Sprecher at (503) 947-6025 or