Kids Today Decide Tomorrow
If kids don’t feel connected to their environment, they won’t have a desire to protect it. Just think: the education we provide now has the power to affect the management techniques and outcomes of Alberta’s wildlife, fish, and habitat tomorrow.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to teach kids about the outdoors or get them excited about it. The success of the province-wide program Kids Can Catch proves it. Every year, ACA teams up with local communities and corporate partners to create a fun atmosphere where families learn to fish. Experts are on hand to help out, loaner rods abound, and you’ll usually find a snack or two nearby. But the best part? It’s free! It is an event available for all kids to try it.
For showing kids the proper ways to bait a hook and what to do once a fish has been caught, a huge thanks goes to our volunteers and organizers—because of them, kids learn how to properly care for Alberta’s fish and our future.
The results speak for themselves:
- In 2018/19, 2,198 adults and kids came out to fish at 20 Kids Can Catch events across Alberta.
- 100 organizations, partners, and sponsors made Kids Can Catch events possible.
- Dow’s sponsorship helped ACA expand the program to new communities, including Hinton, Saddle Hills, Taber, Yellowhead County, and County of Grand Prairie.
- AltaLink’s sponsorship allowed ACA to source 734 fishing rods for yearly use.
- Kids Can Catch is part of the Enhanced Sport Fisheries Program, in which ACA works with its member groups and partners to stock nearly 120,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout in 60 waterbodies across Alberta.