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Train-the-Trainer Fishing Education


Provide fishing education training and fishing equipment necessary to allow summer camps, public parks or nature recreation programs to start a fishing program or enhance an existing program. Those camps, parks and programs would then be able to teach fishing to their campers and patrons. These participants will be able to fish on their own after program completion.

Who can participate?

  • Summer camps with waterfront
  • Public parks with waterfront
  • Nature recreation programs with access to waterfront

What DEC provides

  • 2-3 hour training to summer camp counselors or public park/nature recreation program staff on conducting fishing education programs.
  • Suggested fishing education lesson plans.
  • Fishing equipment, including fishing rods, hooks, bobbers, etc.
  • Educational props such as laminated fish (for fish ID), posters, knot tying equipment, casting targets, etc.

What will the training cover?

The fishing education training will cover concepts such as common sportfish identification, knot tying, casting basics, fishing safety and regulations. Trainings can be adapted to meet your needs.

What would be your organization's responsibilities?

Organizations participating in a DEC train-the-trainer fishing education program are expected to:

  • Make counselors/staff that are eager and willing to conduct a fishing program available for training.
  • Supply your own bait when conducting programs.
  • Provide DEC with the total number of people that participated in your fishing programs so we can report back to our funding source.
  • Counselors/Staff members that are helping people fish are required to have a valid NYS Fishing License.

How to sign up

To sign up for a fishing education train-the-trainer program or for more program details, please email us at We will sign organizations up on a first come, first served basis*.

* Summer camps should be aware that summer camp training weeks tend to occur during a 1 or 2 week period in late June. We will accommodate as many summer camps as we can schedule during those weeks.

Funding Source

Funds for this program come from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration.

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