What began as a small event in 1986 has now blossomed into one of the largest events of its kind in the entire country, and as in past years, volunteers and staff are excitedly gearing up for the annual Catch a Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, June 5th, 2010, and as in past years, the location will be at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.
Designed as a fun-filled way to get kids outdoors and connected to fishing, the derby is a great family event, and through generous community support, every participant is also treated to great prizes, food, fun and much, much more! If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help with the derby please give us a call.
The event begins at 9 a.m. CST with the following schedule per age group with registration beginning at 8 a.m. CST. Ages 1 through 4 will fish at the Kiddie Pool area while all other age groups will fish at the hatchery creek.
Ages 1 – 4: 9 a.m. – 12 noon CST
Ages 5 – 6: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. CST
Ages 7 – 8: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. CST
Ages 9 – 10: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST
Ages 11 – 12: 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CST
Ages 13 – 15: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CST
Fishing assistance is available, and all participants need to bring their own tackle.
The derby is hosted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. For more information on the derby, including fishing times, please visit the event website: www.catcharainbow.org
Along with the derby, Wolf Creek NFH will also be hosting four environmental education workshops events in June!
Are you an educator, program leader or parent who enjoys the
outdoors but would like to learn new, engaging ways to incorporate
writing and even technology, like digital photography, into your lesson
plans, events and programs? If so, here is the perfect workshop for
you! On Thursday, June 17th, 2010, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
CST, the hatchery will also host a Leopold Education Project (LEP)
Workshop. The LEP curriculum, Lessons in Land Ethic, is an
innovative, interdisciplinary conservation ethics curriculum targeted
for grades 6-12. The LEP increases student’s awareness of the land
and informs them of how to make responsible choices for our planet,
while simultaneously teaching important social, collaborative and
critical thinking skills. The LEP is unique in that it uses a classic
environmental literary work, Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, to
reach students with a conservation ethics message that strives to
instill an appreciation for the land community. It’s a great
learning/training opportunity for educators of all backgrounds,
including teachers, 4-H leaders, Girl/Boy Scout leaders, parents, etc.
Total cost for the workshop is $55.00, and this includes a copy of A
Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold; 2 field journals; Lessons
in a Land Ethic: Teacher’s Guide and Student Activities; LEP Task
Cards; and Blue Ribbon Quotes (14 laminated posters of quotes by
Aldo Leopold) along with all other programming materials, snacks
Thursday, June 24th, 2010, from 10 a.m. CST – 3 p.m. CST, will be
a workshop sure to help many teachers who might be looking for
creative ways to use the outdoors to reach their students as the
hatchery serves as host for an Active Strategies for Environmental
Education workshop. Join facilitator and classroom teacher Lauren
Dowell on a journey towards proficiency through Environmental
Education (EE). EE offers students a way to connect to Core
Content for Assessment that is tangible, real and fun. This session will
provide the classroom teacher, or any and all interested educators,
with materials and methods to reach the seemingly unreachable. If
you have a desire to motivate, inspire and encourage your most
reluctant learners, join us! Core Content correlations will be
provided with examples of ORQs at each level. This session is ideal
for the elementary, middle or secondary school teacher that works
with reluctant learners. Methods for working with special needs
children in environmental education situations will be clearly
outlined. Cost per person to register is $10, which includes all
snacks and lunch.
For over forty years Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth) has been educating young people with its award-winning Population Education program and informing on the benefits of stabilizing world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth's resources. Join Maxine Rudder, with Bluegrass PRIDE and a facilitator for Population Connection, on Friday, June 25th, 2010 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST as she leads you through a day of engaging and fun activities from the Population Connection curriculum! Materials are geared towards 4th through 12th grade students, but those who work with other age levels are also welcome. Participants will walk away with plenty of new ideas and a variety of materials to take back to their site to use as well, so make plans to attend today as pre-registration is required. Registration costs for attendance are $40, which includes all programming, materials, snacks and lunch.
On Friday, Wednesday, June 30th, 2010, Wolf Creek will be hosting
a Facing the Future Climate Change Workshop, an educator training
focusing on science, action and engagement!. This 6 hour workshop,
facilitated by Facing the Future (http://www.facingthefuture.org/), is
designed for 6-10th grade educators (but others are welcome) who
are interested in building in science, social studies, math, and
governance lessons about climate change into their classrooms. This
workshop will teach you ways to engage students in understanding
climate change from multiple perspectives and empower them to
create their own solutions, and the overall session will also provide
hands-on, interactive lessons for teachers to take part in and learn the
science teaching skills and content knowledge necessary to teach
about climate change and its interconnections to the environment,
society, and the economy. There is a $10 registration fee to attend,
which includes all programming, materials, curriculum guide, lunch
and snacks. Pre-registration is required, and the workshop is
scheduled for 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST.
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is proud to sponsor educational
workshops and events that help the public learn more about our
incredible natural and cultural heritage. For information on these or
other programs at the hatchery, including how to register and/or how
you can be involved as a volunteer, please contact Amanda Patrick,
Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist, at 270-343-3797 or
via email: Amanda_Patrick@fws.gov