Family Fishing Day, upcoming educational programs with FWP

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting several upcoming programs in the Great Falls area.

After a two-year absence, the Great Falls Family Fishing Day event is scheduled for June 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Wadsworth Pond Park in Great Falls.

The event includes short educational stations on fish identification, knotting, casting and tying flies, followed by free fishing. Youth who participate in and complete all education stations are eligible for rod/reel fishing gear courtesy of the Great Falls Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited (limited supplies).

Once the event is over, youth and adults can stay and continue fishing at Wadsworth Pond on June 4 without a fishing license, as a condition of the educational license exemption provided for the event by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. .

Family Fishing Day is a cooperative effort to teach basic fishing skills and encourage outdoor participation by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Walleyes Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Sun River Watershed Group, City of Great Falls Parks and Recreation Department and Red Horse squadron /Malmström Air Base.

For more information on Family Fishing Day, contact the Great Falls FWP Region 4 office at 406-454-5840.

Giant Springs State Park is hosting educational programs for children ages 8-12 this summer.

They will take place on four Tuesdays throughout the summer, with the first two programs from 10 a.m. to noon and the last two from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Students who attend two sessions will be eligible to take the Junior Ranger Pledge and receive a badge. Anyone attending a session will be invited to the park for an evening around a campfire to celebrate their commitment to learning and the park.

All programs will take place outdoors. Programs are weather dependent and may be canceled or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Pre-registration is required and participation will be limited to 10 children per program. Parents or guardians must register their children with park staff at the start of each program, but they are not required to attend the entirety of each session. Topics for each date are listed below.

June 28 – Terrestrial Habitat

Learn about the park’s terrestrial habitats and the importance of pollinators. Help the park staff plant a pollinator patch in one of their gardens.

July 26 – Air Habitat

Study source birds, migration routes and threats to the airspace. Help the park staff paint and set up a bird village in the park.

August 30 – Aquatic Habitat

Learn about Rainbow Reservoir, cold water fishing, and the role of hatcheries in Montana. Help park staff paint trout stencils on the park sidewalk.

September 27 – Soil Habitat

Admire the complex habitat below our feet. Bring home your very own worm farm.

Call the Ranger Station to register and confirm availability for any of the programs: 406-727-1212

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