A Talk on the Wild Side.
Fishing and boating are surefire ways to make memories. Photo by RBFF
This summer, millions of Americans will get out on the water fishing and boating with friends and family. They’ll create lifelong memories, and improve their health and emotional well-being just being outside.
It’s time for you to join them – and it’s never been easier for you to start. Even if you’ve never fished or boated, or if you live surrounded by an ocean of concrete and pavement, opportunities are all around you.
That’s why National Fishing and Boating Week was created nearly 40 years ago. This nationwide celebration of these two great summer pastimes is happening right now – and there are hundreds of events and opportunities to take your family fishing and boating taking place at national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, parks and other public lands near you.
Never fished or been on a boat? Don’t know where to go? Don’t worry – you can learn how, and find dozens of places to fish and boat. In fact, more than 270 national wildlife refuges offer quality fishing opportunities, and hundreds of additional places to fish and boat on public lands accessible through www.recreation.gov.
It’s easier than you may think, and there are volunteers ready to help you get started. Best of all, the benefits are enormous.
About 80 percent of Americans now live in urban environments – and that percentage is projected to increase in the coming decades. As a result, it’s getting harder for families and kids to experience nature firsthand.
The growing disconnect between kids and nature is no trivial matter. A growing body of research demonstrates that kids who grow up connected to nature are healthier, happier and more successful in school. Further, the future of wildlife conservation in America depends on developing the next generation of citizens who understand and value nature.
For all these reasons, we want to help families and kids create personal connections with the natural world. There’s no better or more enjoyable way to develop and strengthen those bonds than fishing and boating.
And there’s no better time to drop a line in the water or get out in a boat, kayak or canoe than National Fishing and Boating Week.
Now is the best time to get started creating a lifetime of memories with your family and friends. Get out there and have fun!
-Jim Kurth, Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service