MinnAqua's mission

MinnAqua Fishing: Get in the Habitat!

Connecting youth to Minnesota's waters through fishing.

We aim to

Value diverse perspectives and strive for innovative programming;

Build capacity and empower others; and

Create stewards of the resource.

MinnAqua Program Contacts

Educational material available for checkout:

• Aquatic Exotics Trunk
• Enviroscape Watershed Model
• Fishing Trunk

MinnAqua - Fishing Education

Division of Fish & Wildlife Outreach Section

What is MinnAqua?

Minnaqua Logo

MinnAqua is a statewide education program designed to teach angling recreation and stewardship as well as the ecology and conservation of aquatic habitats.

Minnaqua instructor with child

Photo by: Steve Kohls, Brainerd Dispatch

Why MinnAqua?

Here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans have a unique opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy aquatic habitats. There are over 5400 game fish lakes in Minnesota and 15,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers. Fishing is a life-long activity that connects participants with their local environment and encourages stewardship of natural resources.

MinnAqua Programs

MinnAqua Education Specialists and interns partner with schools, youth groups, and community organizations to hold fishing and aquatic education programs throughout the state. Contact MinnAqua for more information about programs.

MinnAqua Leader's guide cover

Fishing: Get in the Habitat!

New MinnAqua Leader's Guide is now available!

Introduce kids to fishing, address Minnesota Academic Standards, and engage kids with learning that is relevant, interdisciplinary and fun! The MinnAqua Leader's Guide Fishing: Get in the Habitat! has 39 detailed, beautifully illustrated fishing and aquatic education lessons and activities.

About the Leader's Guide »

Download full curriculum or lessons »


To request a Leader's Guide CD, please:

Contact a MinnAqua Education Specialist »


05/29/15 - 05/31/15

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN

MinnAqua Beginners Fly-Fishing Weekend for Youth-Adult Pairs


St. Louis River & Estuary

Science Institute for Educators Field Day

Find more events.

MinnAqua News

Newsletter Archive

MinnAqua Program Contacts:

MinnAqua Program Coordinator

Fishing Recruitment, Retention, & Education

Jeff Ledermann


DNR Central Office

Twin Cities Metro - Servicing the 7-county metro area

Aquatic Education Specialist

Michelle Kelly


East Metro Area Fisheries Office

Duluth - Servicing northern Minnesota

Aquatic Education Specialist

Vacant - please contact Jeff Ledermann

See number above for Jeff Ledermann

Great Lakes Aquarium

New Ulm - Servicing southern Minnesota

Aquatic Education Specialist

Deb Groebner


Region 4 DNR Headquarters