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WOODBURY — Vermont Fish and Wildlife is seeking volunteers to become “Let’s Go Fishing” instructors to pass on Vermont’s fishing tradition to the next generation of Vermonters.

The course will take place in a hybrid format. On May 20 instructors will participate virtually from 6 to 8:30 p.m. On May 21, the group will meet at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp in Woodbury for an in-person session from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Instructors must attend both sessions.

Instructors in the “Let’s Go Fishing” program organize and instruct clinics in their communities for Vermonters of all ages. Participants in the training workshop will learn how to teach a basic fishing clinic, as well as learn about regulations and ethics, aquatic ecology, fisheries management, habitat conservation and tackle craft. They will also be introduced to conducting specialized fishing clinics, including clinics on ice fishing and species-specific fishing. The class is informal, and it is not necessary to have a high level of fishing expertise to become an instructor.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people passionate about fishing to share their love of the sport with others. It is also an excellent resource for educators seeking to bring important topics such as aquatic ecology and habitat management into their classroom through hands-on activities,” said Fish and Wildlife’s Corey Hart.

There is no charge for the training, and all curriculum materials will be provided. Educators looking to earn one graduate level credit through Castleton University may participate on the training through a course titled Experiential Education in Aquatic Ecology & Habitat Conservation. The Castleton University course takes place the same days and time but includes additional work.

Pre-registration is required, and you must be 18 years of age to participate. Those interested can register online at vtfishandwildlife.com/node/232 or by emailing letsgofishing@vermont.gov.

Once completed, pending a background check, attendees will become certified instructors and have access to program equipment and resources for their programs.

COVID-19 guidelines must be followed by all participants including wearing face coverings throughout the course. More information on protocol for the course participants will be shared upon registering.