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February 16, 2011

DNR kids fishing program celebrates ten years

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ten years ago launched an aquatic education program, called SC Reel Kids, using US Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Funds. SC Reel Kids is a goal based program where youth, age fifteen and under, completed goals with a parent or guardian like take a friend fishing, visit a state park and take a boaters safety course. While fishing and learning about fish and their habitats, youth completed goals and turned them in for rewards and prizes such as fishing tackle, tackle boxes and even rod and reels.

Fishing and being outdoors are great ways to have fun with friends and family. "Today's youth could use a little time outdoors to learn about the environment around them" said Lorianne Riggin, DNR Aquatic Education Coordinator.

Today, the SC Reel Kids program is still going strong with a few changes. With the help of the internet, South Carolina youth can now sign up to be an SC Reel Kid online and input a majority of the goal information too.

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