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Beardsley Zoo trout release May 31

Nutmeg members are invited to the Pequannock River in Beardsley Park Friday, May 31, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for the second annual trout release by Trout in the Classroom students at Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School.

Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School sixth graders have hooked up with Trout in the Classroom, an environmental education program, to connect students with Connecticut’s watersheds. The students raised trout from eggs to fingerlings, monitored and controlled tank water quality, engaged in stream habitat study and ecosystem understanding, learned to appreciate water resources, and have begun to foster a conservation ethic.

The program includes the trout release; macroinvertebrate collection and identification (if weather permits); and a celebration at Beardsley Zoo.

Share the joy of fishing with at-risk children

Bridgeport Police have raised enough funds to give 300, 10- and 11-year-old at-risk inner city Bridgeport youths a Shakespeare spinning fishing kit (rod, reel, line, bobber and bait). The idea is to give these children a healthy, affordable form of recreation which will enrich their lives and also hopefully keep them away from trouble when school is not in session.

April 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – meet near where the Pequonnock River meets Bunnell’s Pond at Beardsley Park (see beardsleyzoo.org for directions). Volunteers are very much needed to help the 300 kids fish safely and enjoy their first fishing experience. (Rods will have been set up ahead of time and some instruction will already have been provided).

After small trophies are awarded at noon, there will be food and refreshments. Participating children will then receive a free pass to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo!

 Folks, we could really use your help here. R.S.V.P. to admin@nutmegtrout.org  or call John at 203-763-4015 . Updates will be at nutmegtrout.org

Nutmeg volunteers needed for Operation Fishing Pole

Bridgeport Police have raised enough funds to give 300 10- and 11-year-old at-risk inner city Bridgeport youths a Shakespeare spinning fishing kit (rod, reel, line, bobber and bait). The idea is to give these children a healthy form of recreation to keep them away from trouble, especially when school is not in session.

On Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, Bridgeport Police, in collaboration with the Connecticut DEEP’s CARE volunteers, Beardsley Zoo and Nutmeg TU, will hold a rapid fishing class at the Hanson Exploration Station at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. A minimum of nine volunteers are needed; no prior knowledge is required except for some very basic fishing know-how. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. to help assemble a few rods and to review the lessons (casting, a basic knot tying, fish ID, as well as a very quick overview of basic safety and what the Angler’s Guide is) for the day.

Volunteers will assemble the remaining 280 fishing rod and reel kits after training on April 13.

On April 20, 15 to 20 Nutmeg volunteers are needed when the kids get to go fishing from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The group will fish near where the Pequonnock River meets Bunnell Pond at Beardsley Park. For safety, there must be one instructor for every three children.

Children will begin to arrive between 8 and 9 a.m., and will fish from 10 a.m. to noon. After trophies are awarded at noon, there will be a barbeque.

Children will receive a free pass to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.

Information can be obtained by emailing admin@nutmegtrout.org. Updates will be at nutmegtrout.org.