Hooked on learning

Summer of Firsts

Do you remember when you caught your first salmon?

Fernando caught his first fish less than a mile from where he spent his summers

The significance of fish here in Alaska is absolutely real. But for all the people who live to fish, there are many more who don’t. Youth in particular face many barriers to building connections with the fish and wildlife right in their own backyards. Alaska’s urban youth are no exception

JJ fished with us many times and took full advantage of spending her time outdoors.

When she wasn’t fishing, she was helping her peers untangle line and tie on swivels, or trying to catch sticklebacks. Her curious mind shone during fishing outings and she quickly learned the five species of salmon and their life cycle.

She was the only one brave enough to get her hands on some salmon that a nearby fisherman caught.

Bringing fishing to urban Alaska kids Anchorage is a mixing pot of Alaska Natives, Pacific Islanders, military families, and people from all walks of of life and ethnicities. With over 100 languages spoken, Alaska’s biggest city tops all national ranking for public school diversity.

Taylor Urlich and Cade Terada, both grew up in a fishing family. They spent their summer making fishing more accessible to urban communities in Anchorage whose residents don’t traditionally participate.

This U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service program introduces youth to safe fishing opportunities near home. They go from not knowing how to hold a fishing rod to developing the skills and confidence necessary to become proficient, life-long anglers.

The nearly 100 kids that participated spent over 1,000 hours with us this summer and we got to know a few of them pretty well.

Reel to meal. We tried a variety of cooking techniques with the kids including pan-fried trout and baked salmon. The kids helped prepare, cook, and serve this meal.

In Alaska we are shared stewards of world renowned natural resources and our nation's last true wild places. Our hope is that each generation has the opportunity to live with, live from, discover and enjoy the wildness of this awe-inspiring land and the people who love and depend on it.

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