Fishing and archery outreach

imgres.jpgOur Outdoor Recreation School is using a DNR grant to engage youth and adults from underrepresented populations in conservation sports like in fishing and hunting. As examples, we hosted a River Festival and Outdoor Extravaganza at Coon Rapids Dam (soon to be Mississippi Gateway Regional Park) highlighting archery with brand new equipment, and sending youth away with 200 free fishing poles at this gathering and other fishing camps this past summer! We also expanded ongoing archery classes at this Regional Park with new targets, bows and arrows. At Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, we have added archery equipment and new ladder stands, and are hosting mentored archery hunts for youth. As additional outreach examples, a new fishing club focuses on youth in inner-tier suburbs, clinics introduce fly fishing to individuals, and free ice fishing programs celebrate Minnesota’s heritage and love of winter.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair