In a press release, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that it will be offering workshops for people interested in becoming volunteer instructors in the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP). The purpose of the workshops is to equip volunteers with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to teach today’s youth about fishing activities and other fishery-related topics.
Aquatic VIP is an important part of LDWF’s mission to increase fishing participation and wise utilization of Louisiana’s natural resources.
When asked if she had anything to add to today’s press release, Heather David, Education and Outreach Coordinator at LDWF, reiterated the importance of programs like Aquatic VIP to the department’s overall mission: “With our volunteers’ assistance,” she said, “we are able to bring fishing education and fisheries science to more communities in our state.”
Aquatic VIP workshops will be led by LDWF biologists, and attendees will be provided with lesson plans and additional educational materials. In addition to completing the workshop, volunteers will need to pass a background check.
The first two Aquatic VIP workshops of 2021 will take place on Wednesday, May 12 and Saturday, May 15, at Waddill Wildlife Refuge in Baton Rouge, but additional dates and locations will follow.
For more information, or to sign up, please visit: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs.
For information about Waddill Wildlife Refuge, please visit: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/waddill-wildlife-refuge.
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