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DOEE to Host Family and Youth Casting Call on May 20

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CONTACT: Julia Robey Christian, PIO, (202) 741-0842 desk, (202) 450-7878 cell, [email protected]

Free fishing event highlights the science, art, and skill of the sport of angling

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, May 16, 2017 — The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) announced today that the 11th Annual Family and Youth Casting Call will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 – which is also Kids to Parks Day. This year’s event will be held at a new location: the pond at National Park Service’s Constitution Gardens. The Casting Call is produced by DOEE and its event partners, National Park Trust, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Family & Youth Casting Call is a FREE family event where area youth are invited to learn basic fishing skills and practice catch-and-release fishing. DOEE will provide all fishing rods and bait, and participants will have the opportunity to learn common fishing knots, create fish prints, and learn about the watersheds where the real DC lunkers lurk.

In celebration of Kids to Parks Day, participants will also have the chance to meet and have photos taken with Nature Cat and Buddy Bison (Nature Cat’s newest park friend).

WHO:
Department of Energy and Environment
National Park Service
National Park Trust
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

WHAT:
11th Annual Family and Youth Casting Call

WHEN:
May 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Constitution Gardens, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

The Family and Youth Casting Call will take place, rain or shine. All participating youth must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. Registration is not required, but strongly recommended in order to secure a spot. To sign up or to volunteer, please visit doee.dc.gov/event/family-and-youth-casting-call-2017.

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2017 Family and Youth Casting Call Education Partners: Alice Ferguson Foundation, ArtReach at THEARC, City Wildlife, DC Science Booster Club, LL Bean, Montgomery County, (Maryland) Department of Environmental Protection, National Park Service, National Park Trust, NatureBridge, PBS Kids Nature Cat, Tinkergarten, Trout Unlimited-National Capital Chapter, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary