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June 2, 2008

Kids -- Let's Go Fishing with Peabody Mill Environmental Center in Amherst

CONCORD, N.H. - Calling all fourth and fifth graders!  Are you still trying to find something fun to do to jump-start your summer?  Spend a week exploring and fishing the streams, ponds and lakes of the Souhegan Valley with the Peabody Mill Environmental Center (PMEC) and expert instructors from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Let's Go Fishing Program.

If you have always wanted to know what kinds of birds, bugs and beasts thrive in our wet environments and how to get out and enjoy these resources, then come along as we discover the aquatic life to be found in the Souhegan Valley's ponds, lakes, streams and wetlands.  You'll learn the skills and equipment needed and resources available to you on your journey to becoming an expert angler. Once the basics are covered, you'll put your skills to the test and do some fishing! 

The weeklong adventure will take place Monday, June 23, through Friday, June 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day.  Sessions will be held outdoors rain or shine.  Participants are responsible for transportation to and from fishing sites.  All equipment and materials will be provided.

To sign up, contact Vicki Laforet at PMEC at (603) 673-1141 or go to www.pmec.org and click on "Summer Programs" and look for the 2008 registration form.  The classes are open to anyone entering the fourth or fifth grade and parents/guardians are encouraged to stay and join in the fun.  A fishing license is not required while participating in this event.  The program is free for Amherst residents, however a fee of $95 per person will be charged for non-Amherst residents; fees go toward PMEC staff and facility overhead.

Over the past ten years, the N.H. Fish and Game Department's Aquatic Education program has taught thousands of children and adults to be safe, ethical and successful anglers. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

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