Just for Kids

The Forest Service is committed to connecting kids with nature and the outdoors by providing students, parents and teachers with youth-oriented information and resources related to natural resources and the environment. Our Agency wants to encourage more kids to go outdoors by having fun, being healthy and learning more about nature. This can instill kids to create an awareness of the value of public lands, seek careers in natural resources and land management as well as enthusiastically participate in physical activities!


Free Fishing Clinics for Kids

The Mount Hood National Forest hosts annual Free Youth Fishing Clinics in May and June in each of the forest's four districts: Barlow, Clackamas River, Hood River, and Zigzag Ranger Districts.

Join the Forest Service for a day of fishing, learning, and family fun. Fishing Clinic participants can enjoy casting competitions, free fly fishing lessons, a contest for the largest fish, and other games with prizes and refreshments donated by supporting local businesses (depending on which district's clinic you attend). Children 13 years and under must be accompanied by an adult, and are encouraged to bring fishing gear.

These events are held in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and other organizations.

The 2018 dates:

  • May 12, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. for Barlow Ranger District
  • May 19, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. for Hood River Ranger District
  • June 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for Clackamas River Ranger District
  • June 23, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for Zigzag Ranger District

Detailed information can be found here.

For more information, interested participants can contact:

  • Jane Dalgliesh, Clackamas River Ranger District, at (503) 630-8798
  • Chris Rossel, Barlow Ranger District, at (541) 467-5119
  • Greg Wanner, Zigzag Ranger District, at (503) 622-2002
  • Kathryn Arendt, Hood River Ranger District, at (541)-352-1217

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