DNR Seeks Volunteers for State Fair Fishin' Pond


Mar 11, 2001
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DNR Seeks Volunteers for State Fair Fishin' Pond


For the last three years, the free Indiana DNR Fishin' Pond has been a highlight of the State Fair, and the DNR needs volunteers to keep the tradition going this year, August 7-23, in Indianapolis.

Volunteers not only make this feature enjoyable and educational, they receive a free ticket to the fair, good for the entire day of their four-hour shift.

No experience is needed. Optional training, which is highly recommended for new volunteers, is offered twice in July and will serve as a chance for early ticket pick-up. All volunteers also receive a T-shirt to wear during their shift.

Training for new volunteers will be July 24, from 3 to 5 p.m., or July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The same material will be covered in both, so volunteers need attend only one session.

There are morning and evening four-hour shifts at the Fishin' Pond. Times run 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There are four types of opportunities: fishing instructors, equipment workers, registration workers, and educators (crafts). More details are provided below.

Those 18 years old and older who are interested may register at DNR: State Fair Fishin' Pond Registration or contact the GoFishIN program at (317) 562-1338 (e-mail [email protected]) with questions or to register a minor (under 18 years old).

- Fishing Instructors: Work individually, directly with two or three children and their parents at the pond fishing, assisting the youth during fishing time and helping them with fishing skills (casting, baiting hooks), catching the fish and returning it back to the pond.

- Equipment: Keep fishing instructors supplied with hooks, bobbers, sinkers, bait, etc., and help in the daily setup of fishing area and equipment.

- Participant registration: Sign up youth for the event.

- Educators: Help the children with a hands-on educational activity (craft activity). We will supply the activities. This role is ideal for those who don't want to get fishy but want to help.

Clint Kowalik at GoFishIN, (317) 562-1338 or [email protected].

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