JUNE 8, 2018

U.S. Department of the Interior Publishes Book Encouraging Kids to Go Fishing

The U.S. Department of the Interior, along with the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, recently published a new free booklet to help kids get hooked on fishing. Those who are interested can download the Junior Ranger “Let’s Go Fishing!” activity booklet, which will introduce them and their families to fishing and encourage healthy and responsible outdoor recreation.

“The Junior Ranger fishing booklet is a great tool to inspire future anglers to get out on the waters and enjoy the American pastime of fishing,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Fishing in the rivers and lakes of Montana as a kid instilled in me a lifelong love of the sport.”

In the coming weeks, kids can pick up a print version of the booklet at more than 500 national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national fish hatcheries that offer fishing. Upon completion of the booklet, kids will be sworn in as Junior Ranger Anglers and receive a National Park Service or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service junior ranger badge.

For more information about the Junior Ranger “Let’s Go Fishing!” program or to download a copy of the booklet, visit www.nps.gov/subjects/fishing/

Visit fws.gov/refuges/kids/jrrangers for a list of the national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries participating in the program.