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Saturday June 29, 2013
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries

During this special weekend, anglers are not required to have a license while enjoying the weekend of fishing in New York State. The free fishing weekend is for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.

Anglers must abide by fishing regulations, including size and daily possession limits, which are available on DEC's Statewide Freshwater Angling Regulations or Saltwater Fishing Regulations webpages.

In addition to the free fishing weekend, there are a number of free fishing day clinics offered in New York State. You can check the list of available New York Free Fishing Events for 2013 online.

9:30 AM
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This workshop helps teachers incorporate study of the Great Lakes into their classroom through standards-based, hands-on lesson plans and in-depth instruction in local Great Lakes issues. Participants will receive Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and activity guides. For educators of students in grades 6-12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

10:00 AM
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join a-fish-ionado Fran Martino for a parent-and-child catch-and-release clinic as we celebrate Free Fishing Weekend. You’ll learn everything you need to know about fishing gear, techniques, regulations, consumption advisories and good places to fish. Bring gear if you've got it; we have a limited number of rods and reels available for loan. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. This program is free, but space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Friday, June 21 to register or for more information.

10:30 AM
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Search for seasonal wildflowers, and learn their uses and folklore. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

2:00 PM
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using a hand-held GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver or a GPS-enabled mobile phone. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Learn how to get started with a basic introduction followed by an outdoor search for a few geocaches at Five Rivers. There are currently 15 caches at Five Rivers and 500 caches within nine miles! The program is open to the public free of charge but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, June 26.  We have a limited supply of GPS units, so register early if you need one.

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* Special note for hunters: most hunting zones do not align with DEC's regional boundaries, so you won't find hunting seasons listed in the regional calendars. Use the statewide calendar instead.

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