Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association September 2020 Newsletter)
Weekend Fishing Rodeo Lake Julianna

Due to the timing of our JCAA Newspaper we will summit an article about the Weekend Fishing Rodeo for disabled children and other special needs along with honoring our disabled veterans and active-duty military personnel.

Organizers decided to combine the Kids Wish’n to go Fish’n Fun Day and Take a Veteran Fishing Day to commemorate the environmental improvements at Lake Julianna that include: Disabled access and bird-watching observation stand, catfish feeding station, planting of environmental grasses, duck pond, frog and rabbit cover habitat areas. Several volunteer groups in Monmouth and Ocean County assisted with the ecosystem restoration project to provide a healthy environment for fish and wildlife. The goal of the Weekend Fishing Rodeo is to offer special needs children and disabled veterans a day to fish and feel the health benefits of getting in touch with nature while making good memories.

NJ HOFNOD Web-Based Training

During 2020, think about becoming a HOFNOD instructor. NJ HOFNOD facilitator workshops are hosted by the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and it was well worth the time to learn creative aquatic activities to teach youngsters the importance becoming environmental stewards. This workshop is a great learning experience. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact NJ HOFNOD Coordinator Liz Jackson by phone (908-637-4125 x122) or email liz.jackson@dep.state.nj.us. Next training date is May 15-17, 2020.

The Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program's Youth Fishing Challenge statewide event will take place on the state's second Free Fishing Day, Saturday, October 17th, when no license is required to fish regardless of age. See the NJ HOFNOD website or the event page for more information.

2020 JCAA Youth Education Award

The JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner is cancelled, but it is not too early to start thinking about a deserving person for the 2021 JCAA Youth Education Award. Youth Education Award Criteria: Promoting “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs (HOFNOD),” Certified HOFNOD instructors, number of fishing or aquatic education events, JCAA lending library usage, and creativity for promoting youth fishing events. Submit your nominations in writing to gkucharews@jcaa.org. Please view the JCAA website for the next general membership meeting.

Fish, Boat, Hike, Bike & Shoot Opportunity

Veterans feeling stressed and wanting to get outdoors can now team together with another veteran. Play HOOK-e is offering veterans with PTSD an opportunity to relax for a few hours by the water and visit natural calming areas. If you would like to experience saltwater and freshwater fishing we have a short one-to-one fishing program to get you outdoors to fish, boat, hike, bike and learn about marksmanship. Connect with nature at Lake Julianna, LZ-64, Island Beach State Park and other open spaces. To schedule a day and time, please email Greg @ gkucharews@jcaa.org. Let us know what your interests are and we will do our best to get you outdoors.

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