Teaching people of all ages about fishing.
Fish Iowa! Angler Education

Share the joy of fishing with youth and adults in your community. Check out these resources to get you started.

Fish Iowa!
Fish Iowa! combines physical education, health, biology, geography, and family and consumer sciences into a program that focuses on fishing. Designed for use in formal settings with middle school through senior high students, it easily adapts to non-formal programs such as camps, scout outings, etc. Fish Iowa! works with students with all levels of abilities.

Materials are available to Iowa educators and youth leaders through training sessions (one-on one) and workshops. To set up an individual training session or workshop (minimum 15 participants), email edinfo@dnr.iowa.gov.


Upcoming Workshops: Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa!

Log into your AEA Learning account at https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com to register for any of the classes below. If you don't have an account, you can create one on this site.

Email edinfo@dnr.iowa.gov with questions.

Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa! (Introduction to Fishing)

Dates: July 29-30, 2019
Location: Terra Park, Johnston
Cost: participant only - $100; recertification credit - $135; Drake - $210

Learn fishing basics including fish identification, fishing locations, casting techniques, and cleaning and cooking fish. Participants will experience lake/pond fishing (including fishing from a kayak and/or canoe) and be introduced to other types of fishing including spinning, bait casting, and fly-fishing. Instruction will include a variety of demonstration and hands-on, experiential approaches, as well as peer teaching and small group work to develop appropriate teaching strategies for individual teaching situations.

The registration fee includes lunch, the Fish Iowa! Basic Spincasting teaching module, and an instructor kit. Teaching materials will be provided in pdf format, so please bring a laptop or similar device with a USB port. Participants must have a valid Iowa fishing license.

Class will meet 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on July 29 and 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. on July 30. Assignment due August 14.

EDMA graduate credit is being offered for this course. Check with your partnering institution of higher education to make sure it will be accepted towards a master's degree or endorsement.

HL - Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa!, course number 168571
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