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Upcoming Event Schedule for June at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

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:


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

and lunch.


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

programming, materials,

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 (, 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:

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