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Urban Kids Fishing Derby Introduces kids to fishing and the outdoors

Forest Service spokeperson and kids fishing
Region 9 Acting Deputy Regional Forester, State and Private Forestry Mark Buccowich was on hand to present opening remarks at the first Urban Kids Fishing Derby in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. USDA Forest Service photo.

WISCONSIN – Urban American Outdoors and the Region 9 partnered to offer the first Urban Kids Fishing Derby Milwaukee at the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center. The overall goal of the free event was to connect youth to nature.

Before casting for real, resource specialists provided attendees with instruction on casting, knot tying and fish identification. For many of the participants, this was their first-time fishing.

Getting kids to experience the wonders of the great outdoors - engaging and connecting with nature- is not only important for their health, it helps to inspire lifelong stewards of our natural resources.

Other event partners included: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Learn2Fish, National Professional Anglers Association, Inner City Sportsmen Club and E.B. Garner Fishing Club.

The Forest Service manages over 220,000 miles of streams and rivers and over 10 million acres of lakes on national forests and grasslands throughout our country.  Some of these rivers and lakes are deep in the wilderness whereas others, like here, run through urban landscapes. Wherever you live, fishing offers many ways to enjoy, discover and engage with nature.

Group photo
A group shot of attendees to the first Urban Kids Fishing Derby held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center. Photo courtesy of Urban American Outdoors.