Pond Owners Mentoring Kids
Mission: To promote stewardship and fishing by linking pond owners with kids from local school systems or organizations.
The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division partners with pond owners and schools to provide fishing opportunities to youth. One goal of the program is initiate relationships between the pond owner and individual families. The pond owner passes along a heritage of natural resources stewardship. Kids and their families learn to fish and receive the benefits of enjoying the out-of-doors: increased communication, relaxation, and constructive use of leisure time. The Division creates more avid anglers and advocates for natural resources.
The program begins with the identification of pond owners appropriate for the program. Pond owners were selected based upon the condition of their pond, accessibility of the area, and their suitability to host students.
Local school systems are then contacted for their interest. Because schools are often struggling for resources, commitment by school administrators has been more difficult than predicted. Schools provide initial supervision of students along with their parents and transportation to and from the pond.
Brenda Morrison with the Division initiates and coordinates the program with the pond owners and schools. The Division provides fishing equipment and bait for school events.
This program is not a way to produce a large number of new anglers, but the Pond Owner Mentoring program may produce a few anglers and greatly impact a few individuals.
Guidelines for the Pond Owners Mentoring Kids Program is:
Criteria for Pond Selection:
Pond Owner Interview and Selection Process:
Criteria for School or Organization Selection:
Teachers Use the Pond Owners Mentoring Kids Program to Promote and Encourage:
For the Initial Fishing Event WFF Division Will Provide:
Pictures of Events: