Fish and Game Seeking Volunteer Anglers for “Let’s Go Fishing” Program
The Department of Fish and Game is looking for volunteers to help get a new generation hooked on fishing.
The “Let’s Go Fishing” program is accepting applications from volunteers through Nov. 20 in order to take part in its certification process beginning in December. You can find the application here.
“The program is a way to give back and share your love of fishing with someone who hasn’t done it before,” said Kyle Glencross, an SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member who is a coordinator for the outdoor education program for Fish and Game.
While Fish and Game coordinates the program, Glencross said volunteers play a pivotal role.
“They’re the ones who are out there putting these programs on, doing all of the teaching,” he said.
Glencross said the volunteers include teachers, retirees, and people involved with scouting. They all have one thing in common: “Their passion is fishing and they enjoy passing it on to the next generation,” he said.
It’s not just children who benefit from the program — anyone can take part. Ultimately, the goal is to connect participants with the outdoors. Courses include ice fishing, basic fishing and fly fishing, to name a few. Each has a classroom portion, followed by a field trip portion at the end.
Anyone who’s interested in signing up as a volunteer would need to attend a two-part certification training. The first part is a general class for all new instructors, and the second part is based on the specific type of course volunteers would be teaching.
You can find more information about the Let’s Go Fishing program — including how you can sign up for classes yourself — at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/fishing/lets-go-fishing.html.