MinnAqua - Fishing Education

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What is MinnAqua?

MinnAqua is a fishing and aquatic education program. We partner with community organizations, schools and angling groups that want to teach adults or youth how to fish and protect aquatic habitat.

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Fishing: A lifelong activity

Minnesotans have a unique opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy aquatic habitats. There are more than 5,400 game fish lakes in Minnesota and 18,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers. Fishing is a lifelong activity that connects participants with their local environment and encourages stewardship of natural resources.

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Here to help you promote fishing and conservation

MinnAqua education specialists can help your organization develop or improve education programs that promote fishing recreation and aquatic conservation. Contact MinnAqua for more information.

During summer 2017, interns will lead fishing and aquatic education programs at the following Minnesota State Parks: Forestville Mystery Cave, Fort Snelling, Itasca, Jay Cooke, St. Croix, Sibley, Tettegouche, Whitewater and Wild River.

For program questions or schedules, contact the park directly.

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Get the leader’s guide

Our Fishing: Get in the Habitat! leader’s guide helps you introduce kids to fishing, address Minnesota academic standards and engage kids with learning that is relevant, interdisciplinary and fun! The MinnAqua leader’s guide has 39 detailed, beautifully illustrated fishing and aquatic education lessons and activities. You can also download full curriculum or lessons. To request a hard copy of a sample lesson and invertebrate identification key from the Leader's Guide, please email Cassandra Hawkenson.

MinnAqua Program Contacts:

MinnAqua Program Coordinator, Fishing Recruitment, Retention, & Education

Jeff Ledermann | 651-259-5247 | DNR Central Office

Twin Cities Metro - Serving the 11-county metro area, Aquatic Education Specialist

Michelle Kelly | 651-259-5751 | East Metro Area Fisheries Office

Duluth - Serving northern Minnesota, Aquatic Education Specialist

VACANT | 525 Lake Avenue South, Suite 415, Duluth, MN 55802

New Ulm - Serving southern Minnesota, Aquatic Education Specialist

Deb Groebner | 507-359-6049 | Region 4 DNR Headquarters