National Fishing In Schools Program
The National Fishing in Schools Program (NFSP) is a nationwide, in school program, that teaches the positive lifetime activity of fishing to students in middle schools and high schools. NFSP educates students about fish, insects, aquatic environment, resource stewardship and conservation using fishing, and learning the skill of casting, as the instructional tool.
NFSP works in cooperation with state education and fish and wildlife agencies and a networkof groups, such as Colorado Trout Unlimiited, interested in teaching our youth how to fish in schools. The NFSP current curriculum, “Cast A Fly, Catch A Student”, using fly rods, was specifically created to address a broad and inclusive framework of National Academic Standards. Its sequel, “Cast A Lure, Catch A Student”, using spincast rods, will do the same. The foundation lesson plans are designed to be taught over 10 days and meet 4 standards: Language Arts, Physical Education, Science and Technology.
One ingredient that makes the program successful is the unique CasTarget system. These photorealistic targets provide teachers with educational tools that make the curriculum effective, fun and engaging. NFSP provides all the necessary ingredients to empower the teacher/school/district to implement “Fishing in Schools”: curriculum, equipment, training and support.
NFSP makes gaining the skills of fishing easy-to-learn, easy-to-administer, easy-to-teach. The curriculum creates positive results for both student and teacher and it also leads to:
- moderate to vigorous physical activity
- better understanding & respect for the outdoors
- increased awareness of our environment & natural resources