Volunteers needed to help at kid's fishing pond at Utah's

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August 16, 2002

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Volunteers needed to help at kid's fishing pond

Salt Lake City — Volunteers are needed to help kids at the fishing pond run by Division of Wildlife Resources during this year's Utah State Fair. The fair runs Sept. 5 – 15 at the Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 W. in Salt Lake City.

"Introduction to Fishing" programs for children will be held every 30 minutes. The programs cover fish, their habitats, the basics of fishing and outdoor ethics. After the presentation, children can use the skills learned to catch and release fish stocked in the fish pond.

"Besides receiving great instruction, loaner rods and reels and bait will be provided to the kids so they can have a fun fishing experience," says Ann Evans, aquatic education coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "Volunteers will help provide instruction and help the kids as they fish."

Volunteers are needed on weekdays during the fair, from 10 a.m. to noon to help with school programs, and every day of the fair, from 4 to 8 p.m., to help with open fishing. Volunteers will receive a fair pass, t-shirt, a set of "nippers and clippers" for handling fish, snacks and the joy of helping a child learn a life-time skill.

To volunteer, please call Lindy Higham at (801) 538-4806 or Ann Evans at (801) 538-4769.

"For many kids, this will be their first fishing experience," Evans said. "Our goal is to get them hooked on fishing as a great recreational activity and a way to get them to experience the outdoors. Fishing can provide hours of fun and doesn't take a whole team to get involved.

"There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child's face light up when they catch that first fish," she said.
 

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