Delaware's ‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ day set for March 24 at White Clay Creek State Park

NEWARK (March 22, 2012) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying their hand at landing a fish? The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Take a Kid Fishing! program is designed for these budding young anglers, and the first date on the program’s calendar is coming right up.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, youth ages 6 through 15 are invited to come out with a parent/guardian and cast a line in Cattail Pond at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark. (Directions)

Sponsored by DNREC's Aquatic Resource Education Center and Delaware State Parks, Take a Kid Fishing! teaches young people fundamental fishing skills and conservation. Along with the angling, these free-admission* days also feature activity stations and prizes. Fishing equipment will be provided, but participants may want to pack a picnic lunch.

Additional Take a Kid Fishing! days are scheduled for the following upcoming Saturdays:
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 5 – Lums Pond State Park*, Bear Directions
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 12 – Killens Pond State Park*, Felton Directions
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 2 – Aquatic Resource Education Center in Smyrna, Directions
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 16 – Father's Day Fishing at Wilmington State Parks (Brandywine Park)*, Directions
Three new dates have just been added: June 17, July 22 and Aug. 19 – all Sundays – from 8 a.m. to noon, meeting at the boathouse at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel. Free fishing instruction and other activities will be offered from 8 to 9 a.m., with the fishing tournament beginning at 9 a.m. Catch and release is encouraged for young anglers landing fish.
Participation in the program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register for March 24 or any of the upcoming Take a Kid Fishing! dates, or for more information  about the program, please call Tess Belcher at 302-735-8656 or email

* While the events are free, Delaware State Parks entrance fees are in effect: for each vehicle, $3 with Delaware tags and $6 with out-of-state tags. Entrance passes for free park admission are available to participants with pre-registration. Participants 16 years and older must have a current Delaware fishing license and a FIN number to fish.
This program is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is in conjunction with the national No Child Left Inside program.

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