Maryland, VIRIGNIA, and Washington, D.C. Students to participate


Maryland, VIRIGNIA, and Washington, D.C. Students to participate in Nation’s River Bass TournameNt at National Harbor


Washington, D.C. – Thirty students from the greater Washington area will enjoy guided bass fishing on May 30, 2008, as a reward for their contributions toward improving and preserving local waterways. An additional 200+ students will participate in land-based hands-on activities and demonstrations as well. The 2008 Nation’s River Bass Tournament, first held in 2001, will be launched from the West Pier at National Harbor, the area’s newest destination resort.

The event is being organized by Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region (LC-NCR) and the Discovery Creek Children’s Museum (DCCM). Each offers programs to urban youth in the greater Washington area that provide hands-on learning out of the classroom. In a single 6-year period (1997–2003), the proportion of American children aged 9–12 who spent time on outdoor activities such as hiking, gardening, and fishing fell by 50 percent (Hofferth and Curtin 2006).“The Nation’s River Bass Tournament is all about these youth and their efforts to improve and preserve the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers,” said LC-NCR Executive Director John Dillow. “We intend to celebrate these young people and their efforts, and also to show the public the invaluable need to engage youngsters in these important efforts while connecting them to the environment.”

About the event
The Nation’s River Bass Tournament is an annual celebration that benefits youth and conservation programs in Washington and the National Capital Region. Funds raised through sponsorship will be used exclusively to support existing programs, and to expand LC-NCR and DCCM programs to educate urban young people through hands-on academic-enrichment and workforce-development programs on the Potomac and Anacostia.
Fishing volunteers from throughout the Washington area are donating their time and equipment to provide the youngsters with a morning of bass fishing on the rivers, which will culminate with a weigh-in and awards ceremony after lunch.

About Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region
LC-NCR focuses on “learning by doing” education programs in maritime settings, community revitalization project and other challenging learning environments. Using a special focus on at-risk urban youth, LC-NCR programs emphasize literacy and the applied learning of math, science, history, economics and ecology.

About Discovery Creek Children’s Museum of Washington
DCCM is committed to helping all children experience, appreciate and become stewards of the natural environment. Programs use natural and historic settings to create a living laboratory of science, history and art exploration. Last year, LC-NCR formalized a partnership with DCCM that brought the museum into the Living Classrooms’ family of affiliate organizations and enhanced both organizations’ impact on the community.

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Mari Lou Livingood (202) 488-0627 x22 (office) or (202) 441-8493(cell)

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