Aquatic Resources Education Association


Title of Presentation: Fish Iowa! Getting PE Programs Hooked on Fishing

Author: Barb Gigar Coordinator, Aquatic Education Program Iowa Department of Natural Resources 2473 160th Road Guthrie Center, IA 50115-8518 Phone/fax: 515/747-2200 Email:

Presenters: Barb Gigar Aquatic Education Coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

A/V Needs: Projection Screen (will bring own laptop and projector)

Abstract: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been involved in teaching fishing skills for decades. As part of the first formal aquatic education program, funded with Wallop-Breaux funds, an effort was launched to teach fishing skills in physical education classes. This approach was taken because individuals might be reached who would not attend traditional fishing clinics, we could reach a diverse audience, and the payback in terms of program participants would be great. We estimate that personnel from 70+ percent of Iowa's public school districts have been trained, reaching over 100,000 students each year. The process followed in Iowa to develop materials and a system for working with physical education classes will be outlined. The challenges and rewards involved with this approach will be discussed and recent surveys conducted to assess the effectiveness of this approach will be presented.