Project FISH Workshop

March 3, 2020 - March 4, 2020 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

152 Natural Resources, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

Contact: Mark Stephens,

Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife invites teachers, educators and volunteers to two days of “Place-Based Learning through Sportfishing and Aquatic Resource Education.”

This workshop, which is open to anyone, is a partnership between MSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU Extension, MSU 4-H Youth Development, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, schools and community service organizations to educate young people about natural resources through fishing.

The workshop is based on the Project F.I.S.H. philosophy of hands-on, multiple-contact sportfishing and aquatic resource education. It will offer activities in aquatic ecology, tackle crafting, people and fish management and angling skills.

Participants will leave with curriculum activities, equipment, a fishing rod and reel and access to supplies and resources to begin a successful fishing program with children in the classroom or in an after-school setting. The workshop is partially funded through the BOSCH Community Fund, grants and donors to Project F.I.S.H.

Cost: $75
Lunch will be provided.
Registration deadline: Feb. 21, 2020

Refund and Cancellation Policy: A $20 registration fee is non-refundable under any circumstances and cancellations after February 21, 2020 will receive no refund.

Session topics include:

Great Lakes Aquatic Ecology: Learn about the things that make our aquatic ecosystems tick by using some  very interesting activities involving our Great Lakes watersheds, invertebrates and neat sampling experiments designed to get you INVOLVED. Additional resources and contacts will be given to teachers for follow-up and continued support.

People and Fish in the Michigan’s Watersheds: “How many fish are in that pond and what effect do I have on them?” These are the types of questions that will come up in this fish management and ethics session. What is the difference between an ethic and a regulation? You’ll learn this as well as come up with your own code of ethics. You may learn more about a person by exploring his/her tackle box. Find out about Great Lakes issues and human involvement, like commercial vs. sportfishing, allocation and game laws. You may even say “hmm” a few times. Grab a fish, put it on your shirt, permanently!

Tackle Crafting: This session will get you making the equipment you can use to catch fish. You will use what you learned in aquatic ecology to reproduce an artificial tool for your attempt at catching fish. Fly tying, jig making, snelling hooks and creating worm/crawler harnesses are only a few ingredients of this part of this workshop. Each participant will be given the materials for making harnesses and the knowledge to make these and other look-alikes. In addition, resources for expertise and partners will be given to all participants. This class is a lot of fun.

Angling Skills: This class is the bread and butter. How do I use this fishing rod? Pop can casting and basic skills will lead to proficiency with a variety of rod and reel types. Learn how to catch bass in your backyard and receive the game to teach you and your youth. You will also find the sources of materials to get kids actively involved with fishing, and they can do it in their own backyard. Take home a fishing rod for inspiration and a learning/teaching tool.

During your training, you will be introduced to a variety of individuals and organizations in your area to call on for assistance and expertise. Don’t miss this chance to become involved in introducing this education style to your community. Our common theme will be IT’S FOR THE KIDS!

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