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Family Fishing: No Child Left Inside

The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (Care) Program will introduce you and your family to the sport of fishing. Even ice fishing! State Certified Instructors will teach you everything you need to know about getting started. Most classes include an Instructor lead fishing trip! All tackle and equipment are provided free of charge. We are always looking for new Instructors. If you are an avid angler, join the ranks of our teaching teams and share your knowledge of this great sport.

Join us for:

  • Ice Fishing Classes: January classes designed to introduce you to the social, wintertime sport of ice fishing. This is an excellent program for families, scouts and youth organizations. Learn how to catch a big bass, pickerel or jumbo perch on a tip-up or jig pole before attending the Family Ice Fishing Derby (see below).
  • Family Ice Fishing Derby: January 26, 2013 — Avoid “cabin fever” by adding some outdoor adventure this winter with family and friends. Kids get a prize just for attending. The CARE Program will provide hands-on instruction, bait, and equipment to borrow if you do not have your own.
  • Family Ice Fishing at No Child Left Inside® Winter Festival: February 2, 2013 — If you missed the Derby (above), you can still join us for an ice fishing adventure! Besides ice fishing, this festival will introduce you to a wide variety of outdoor winter activities.
  • New Instructor Training: February 23, 2013 — CARE needs volunteers from across the state to share their love of the outdoors and fishing with others. We’ll provide you with quality training and all the equipment you’ll need. If you’re a self-starter and are interested in enriching people’s lives with the sport of fishing, join the over 2,000 volunteers that have helped so far.
  • Family Fishing Courses: We realize how busy family schedules can get, so join us for a condensed “two-step” version of our traditional fishing course! Let Certified CARE Instructors teach you all you need to know to get started fishing with family and friends. First, meet for just two hours in the classroom to learn how to cast, identify your catch, select the right bait and tie a strong knot. Second, take those skills you’ve learned to the field where CARE Instructors will guide you and your family to success on a fishing trip to a local pond or lake.
  • Summer Fishing Classes: Certified CARE Instructors provide students with an interactive learning experience that concludes with a fishing trip! These July and August classes take place at summer camps across the state, and are free of charge. If you are a youth camp coordinator call the CARE Center for more information.
  • Fishing Courses at our Education Center: CARE provides all training materials. School teachers and home-school parents introduce lessons from our curriculum on water and aquatic life to their students. The curriculum meets several state science standards. Teachers, students, and homeschoolers are invited to visit our picturesque education center once the classroom component is completed. During the visit students will learn through hands-on activities and actually go fishing in our pond!

For more information or a CARE Class Schedule visit our website at: and enter “CARE” in the search box, or call Inland Fisheries at 860-424-FISH or the CARE Center at 860-663-1656.

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