Free workshop to instruct on teaching fishing

Spaces are available for educators, leaders or conservation clubs with an interest in taking kids fishing and who want to become certified fishing instructors, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

A free workshop is planned 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 14 at the District Two Office, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay.

Passport to Fishing is a one-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become Division of Wildlife-certified fishing instructors. Participants must pass a background check before being certified.

Passport to Fishing was developed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and adopted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Workshops teach volunteers the basics of fishing and how to run a four-station fishing program with a fishing event.

Instructors then go back to their communities, with a written curriculum and training aids, to teach youngsters and beginning anglers the basics of fishing.

By becoming a certified instructor, attendees can help to reconnect students with the outdoors, and learn about resources such as grants, equipment, brochures and training.

To register, call Linda at (419) 429-8347 by Aug. 7.

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