Discover Nature — Fishing (DNF) engages students in conservation and aquatic education through classroom instruction and hands-on fishing opportunities.
This program helps students gain the skills and confidence to go fishing on their own. Participants learn about aquatic ecology, fish habitat, and fish identification. They also learn about fishing equipment, casting, rigging a fishing rod, baiting a hook, and proper fish handling.
The program goal is to develop lifetime anglers. Research shows active anglers have greater mental strength, stress management, confidence, and perceived health.
This DNF Teacher Workshop will cover how to conduct the four DNF lessons, how to use DNF equipment, and how to schedule a fishing field trip. A Discover Nature — Fishing Instructor Guide will be provided and is designed to help teachers teach students basic fishing skills. Detailed teaching strategies and instructional best practices are included throughout the lessons to help educators engage students mentally and physically and guide them toward understanding concepts and mastery of skills.
Participants in this workshop will become eligible to obtain DNF teaching kits with all necessary equipment including fishing poles and equipment used to conduct the four DNF lessons, as well as participate in the DNF – Schools transportation grant program.