New Angler Education Instructor Certification Requirements for 2011!Background checks will be required for adult angler education instructors just like those that have long been required for Hunter Safety instructors and other youth program leaders. The background checks will be administered by the DNR's Bureau of Law Enforcement and reviewed by Recreational Safety Wardens who are not at liberty to discuss their findings. You may download the Mentor Background Check Form [PDF 93KB] here to begin this process. Thank you for understanding our need to provide another layer of protection to vulnerable populations that attend Angler Education Programs.
At a minimum, these Angler Education training workshops focus on teaching basic spincasting and incorporating related topics in a K-12 curriculum or youth development program. School teachers, fishing club members, and community youth fishing program leaders are invited.
Please check back from time to time for updates to this schedule. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are free of charge and include lunch or dinner, however, we do have a $15 workshop commitment fee to ensure good attendance by registrants. Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in so that we may begin on time. If your plans change, please notify us so that we may plan accordingly and refund your workshop commitment fee. Pre-registration is required.
To schedule a volunteer or teacher training workshop in your community, please contact Theresa Stabo, Aquatic Resources Educator, (608) 266-2272. We need a minimum of 8 to 12 adult participants, depending on location, to hold a workshop.
General Angler Education Instructor Training
Dates: Thursdays, February 15 and 22, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, Albee Hall, Room TBA, Oshkosh, WI
Note: This workshop is geared for students in the UW-O Physical Education Program who are training to become teachers. However, other community members are invited to attend. Participants must attend both Thursday afternoon sessions to get certified as Angler Education Instructors.
Registration Form: Download, complete and return the Registration Form [PDF, 95KB] to Kim Anderson.
Questons? Contact: Kim Anderson, (608) 261-6431
Learn to be a Fly Fishing Instructor
Fly Fishing Instructor certification will be offered just prior to the State Trout Unlimited Banquet in Stevens Point. This certification class will be presented by Dennis Vanden Bloomen, UW-Stout Fly Fishing Instructor and Past-President of the WI Clear Waters TU Chapter and Theresa Stabo, Wisconsin DNR.
Trout Unlimited members, fishing club members, youth leaders, classroom teachers, and civic leaders are encouraged to attend as a team or form one at the workshop. Successful models include after-school fishing clubs, summer enrichment classes, school-family events, and Boy Scout Fly Fishing merit badge training.
Workshop participants will receive Scott Rod Company Fly Fishing booklets and materials from the Junior Angler program and Hook, Line, & Thinker that can be adapted to a fly fishing program. Participants will also be given complimentary raffle tickets if they attend State Council banquet, for $25, held later that evening. This class is limited to 25 people. Reserve your seat and register now!
Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011
Time: Noon - 5:00 P.M. Please plan to eat lunch before you arrive as none will be served.
Place: Holiday Inn Convention Center: 3 miles east of I-39/51 on Hwy 10.
Contact: Theresa Stabo, (608) 266-2272 or Kim Anderson, (608) 261-6431.
Registration Form: Download, complete and return the Registration Form [PDF, 176KB] to Kim Anderson by January 31, 2011 (see form for details).
About the photo: Instructors-In-Training test sample non-lead sinkers at a Rhinelander workshop.