South Nation Conservation (SNC) is again hosting its annual Youth Fish Camp this summer and to kick off the 13th year, an additional camp and location have been added to the schedule in order to reach more youth across the watershed. 

The popular youth summer camps are being held in July and August at Jessup’s Falls Conservation Area in Plantagenet, High Falls Conservation Area in Casselman, Cass Bridge Conservation Area in Winchester, and new this year, the Cardinal Legion Way Park in Cardinal.

“These camps deliver an invaluable outdoor learning experience for youth,” explains Kelsey Smith, SNC Stewardship and Outreach Assistant. “They help to familiarize young people with the natural environment through responsible and sustainable fishing.”

Recreational fishing programs promote sustainable angling practices and encourage residents to explore fishing opportunities at Ontario Conservation Areas.

Young anglers between the ages of 9-13 will enjoy two fun days of environmental education, water quality testing, catch and release fishing, and learning the fundamentals of fishing.

“There is a lot of value in continuing with these camps, like promoting eco-health,” adds Smith. “Kids are given the chance to fish all day, learn a new outdoor hobby, make new friends, and connect with nature.”

SNC works in partnership with its 16 member municipalities to share natural spaces and offer recreational opportunities on land and water.

Registration is now open. Each camp is $40 and will run on the following dates:

·        July 6 and 7: Cass Bridge Conservation Area, Winchester

·        July 13 and 14: High Falls Conservation Area, Casselman  

·        July 20 and 21: Jessup’s Falls Conservation Area, Plantagenet  

·        August 3 and 4: Cass Bridge Conservation Area, Winchester   

·        August 10 and 11: High Falls Conservation Area, Casselman  

·        August 17 and 18: Cardinal Legion Park, Cardinal

Sign up online at https://www.nation.on.ca/resources/watershed-education/youth-fish-camp. To learn more about recreational fishing visit www.nation.on.ca/recreation/fishing.  

SNC is a not-for-profit and community-based environmental agency that relies on fundraising to protect and enhance the local environment across its 4,441 square-kilometer jurisdiction. Education programs are funded by users fees and donations: www.nation.on.ca/donate.