Training Trainers

The Future Fishing Foundation (F3) and FLW Outdoors have teamed up to provide a training opportunity for those involved with youth Aquatic Education programs. The seminar will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, during the Forrest Wood Cup in Hot Springs, Ark., and Friday, Aug. 12th at DeGray Lake during the National Guard Junior World Championship.

This seminar will be designed to "train trainers" who will then be involved directly with students in organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, FFA, 4-H, as well as schools from across the country. These seminars are being made available to all interested applicants through a grant provided by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Attendees will be given a training manual that covers topics such as biology, habitat, rod and reel operation along with instruction in hands on activities for the students. Participants will also be given a complete list of available resources that are available to assist them in teaching a variety of age groups.

"Not only are we excited to be a part of this educational training, but these seminars will allow for attendees to attend both the Forrest Wood Cup and the National Guard Junior World Championship," said Kathy Fennel, President of Operations for FLW Outdoors.

"We are extremely excited to be partnering with FLW Outdoors to bring this training seminar into one of the biggest professional events in the world," said F3 Executive Director Mark Gintert. "We are thrilled to have the ability to give these educators a first-hand look at some of the finest youth anglers in the country and let them know just what is possible for them at their schools once they start in aquatic education program."

For more information and registration, please visit: Registrations must be submitted online by Monday, August 8th. Registration will be limited to the first 200 applicants. The seminars are free for attendees. A financial stipend to help defer lodging and meal expenses will be made available for those who plan to attend.

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