“Explore the Blue” and Win a Trip to Yellowstone

If you and your family have spent time on the water, share your story for a chance to win a trip for four to Yellowstone National Park. Now through December 17, students in grades K-5 are encouraged to enter the Explore the Blue Essay Contest by visiting ExploretheBlue.com and submitting an essay describing their favorite fishing or boating experience.

The trip includes airfare, lodging, $650 in spending money and fun on-the-water activities. The winner will also take home a $250 gift certificate from Sports Authority.

ExploretheBlue.com is basically an online resource center to inspire kids to spend time outdoors. The site gives kids, families and teachers a wide range of tools to learn more about the world around them. Twenty-eight lesson plans cover math, science, social studies, health/physical education, and English/language art for grades K-2 and 3-5 (standards-aligned of course!)

The site has more than just resources for educators though.  It contains online games, family activities and a community resource locator to connect families with opportunities close to home. The “Thrill of the Catch,” a virtual game for students to learn about boating and fishing, can also be found on the site. The interactive game teaches students about freshwater fish and bait, and important water conservation lessons. You can create fish, go fishing, recycle trash you find in the lake, and even upgrade your boat along the way.

If you and your family are looking for a new adventure (or surfing the web on a rainy day) visit ExploretheBlue.com to learn more!
Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro is vice president of communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and its Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar campaigns where she works to recruit newcomers to recreational fishing and boating and increase awareness of aquatic conservation. Stephanie grew up in the Florida Keys as the daughter of a flats fishing guide. Outside of work, you can find her fishing and boating with her family on the Potomac River in the Northern Neck of Virginia.