National Fishing in Schools Program
The National Fishing in Schools Program is a nationwide, in school program created by Katie Cole at NFSP. It teaches a positive lifetime activity of fishing to students in elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. NFSP educates students about fish, insects, aquatic environment, resource stewardship and conservation using fishing, and learning the skill of casting, as the instructional tool.
NFSP makes gaining the skills of fishing easy-to-learn, easy-to-administer, easy-to-teach. The curriculum creates positive results for both student and teacher and it also leads to:
- moderate to vigorous physical activity
- better understanding & respect for the outdoors
- increased awareness of our environment & natural resources
BRDC believes that this wonderful program can give our youth a life long interest in engaging with the our mountains. To find out more about this program please visit the NFSP website at: http://www.fishinginschools.org/
BRDC is very excited to be a recipient of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries eStore Grant! This grant will provide vital material support for the programs we offer. As you all well know, birding and fly fishing are two subjects that inspired BRDC from the very beginning. This generous grant is going to boost these two programs to another level!
Nine eager young fellas joined BRDC for the week to learn all about fly fishing
BRDC has been busy with education programs, working with Galax Middle School, Fries School, Fairview Elementary, Grayson Highlands, Independence Elementary.
Grayson County's fourth grade students participated in the Natural Heritage Program with an emphasis on salamanders, toads, and frogs. Students learned about salamanders commonly found in the Blue Ridge.
National Fishing in Schools Program is a nationwide, in school program that teaches a positive lifetime activity to students.
We are excited to announce that we will be giving away a fly rod, a reel rigged with
Thanks to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia for supporting the Blue Ridge Discovery Center's efforts to connect our youth to the outdoors!
At the request of a couple of campers from a previous camp we put together another Fly Fishing Camp to end the summer. Shortened by a day, it became an action packed three day initiation by fire. On the ride to camp we all agreed to treat this as an intensive course rather than the typical shenanigans of a summer camp. The result was one seriously focused group of kids.
Amelia Hulth with the Grayson Highland State Park, graciously arranged an eager group to join us for a lesson on Tenkara fly fishing on Wilson Creek Friday, August 21.
During the week of February 9th, BRDC participated in the Galax Elementary Enrichment Week. This is a fantastic offering by the Galax Public School System where students get to take in-depth courses on particular subjects. One of the programs we offered was all about fly fishing. 32 enthusiastic second and fourth graders signed up for our five day, 15-hour fly fishing course.
During the week of September 29th, BRDC got the opportunity to expose Galax Middle School students to two great hands on programs: Hands In the Dirt and National Fishing in the Schools Program.