"HOOKED ON FISHING - NOT ON DRUGS" WORKSHOPS OFFERED|
COLUMBUS, OH -- Ohio educators and others who work with young people
are urged to become active in a statewide natural resources and drug
awareness program known as "Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs."
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife
will host five workshops this fall to introduce educators and community
counselors to this outdoor education program.
"Fishing is a fun and exciting way for students to make a connection
with their surroundings. It offers many rewards, not just for the student,
but also for their peers. 'The Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs' program may
be their first opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and begin a lifetime of
enjoyment," said Marc Sommer, ODNR aquatic education coordinator.
Training workshops will be held at four of the state wildlife
district headquarters from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following days:
September 26 in Akron; October 1 in Findlay; October 3 in Athens; and
October 8 in Columbus. An October 24 workshop in Springfield will be held at
the ODNR Division of Watercraft district office at Buck Creek State Park.
Each workshop is limited to 25 people. Individuals interested in
participating must register at least five days in advance. Prior to the
workshop, registrants will receive a confirmation notice and map of
directions. The workshops are sponsored by the ODNR Division of Wildlife,
the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Future Fisherman Foundation.
Participants will receive teacher training and learn how to
implement the "Hooked On Fishing" program in their communities. They will
also receive free student materials, free fishing and aquatic exploration
equipment, and become eligible for subsidy grants to help fund fishing
events and other aquatic education activities.
More than 100,000 kids across Ohio have been introduced to fishing
through the program since 1993.
Individuals interested in registering for a workshop or who want to
learn more about the "Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs" program can call