First Catch Centers Events

Go with your family and friends and visit one of the First Catch Centers to learn basic fishing and boating skills in a positive and fun environment. Check out the next fishing and boating event at a First Catch Center near you.

WHAT IS A FIRST CATCH CENTER?

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) in partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Refuges and hatcheries, Fishing’s Future and Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission are bringing new fishing and boating educational programs to you and your family that will provide positive and fun experiences to youth in the metropolitan areas.

These events will create a place for your family to learn and develop fishing and boating skills. The Take Me Fishing™ First Catch Centers (FCC) will provide hands-on opportunities so your kids can learn basic fishing and boating skills along with conservation ethics.

The FCCs will start as pilot programs with Fishing’s Future (FF) in Texas and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) in the greater Philadelphia area, with expansion in future years across the country. For more information about the Take Me Fishing™ First Catch Centers initiative, please contact Rachel Piacenza, rpiacenza@rbff.org; 703-519-9542.

 

FIRST CATCH CENTERS EVENTS IN 2018

Check the next events in the states of Texas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and enjoy a day with your family and friends learning fishing and boating skills along with conservation ethics.

July

July 28 – Sonora Park (Kennedale, TX) (time: 9am-3pm)

August

Aug 2 – Family Fishing Day, John Heinz NWR (Philadelphia, PA) (time: 4pm-7pm)
Aug 4 – SE Catfish Expo. Children Pond, Nockamixon State Park (Quakertown, PA) (time: 4pm-6pm)
Aug 5 – SE Catfish Mentored Youth Opportunity, Children Pond, Nockamixon State Park (Quakertown, PA) (time: 7am-11pm) 
Aug 4 – Adolph Thomae Jr County Park (Hondo, TX) (Time: 9:00am-3:00pm) *Female Event*
Aug 18 – Glass Recreation Center (Tyler, TX) (time: 9am-3pm)
Aug 18 – SE Region Fish with a WCO Event. Locust Lake, Locust Lake State Park (Barnesville, PA) (time: 11am-3pm)

September


Sept 8 – Philadelphia Fishing Funfest, Schulkill Banks (Philadelphia, PA) (time: 7am-11am)
Sept 8 – Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center (Spring, TX) (time: 9am-3pm) *Female Event*
Sept 9 – Adolph Thomae Jr County Park (Rio Hondo, TX) *Male Event*
Sept 22 – Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Lake (Houston, TX) (time: 9am-3pm)

October

Oct 6 – Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery (Burnet, TX) (time: 8am-1:30pm)
Oct 20 – Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center (Spring, TX)
Oct 20 – Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery (Hackettstown, NJ)

November

Nov 17 – Sonora Park (Kennedale, TX) (time: 9am-3pm)
Nov 17 – Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center (Humble, TX) (time: 9am-3pm)

December

Dec 15 – Glass Recreation Center (Tyler, TX) (time: 9am-3pm)

2019 Events

2/16/2019 – Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery (Hackettstown, NJ)
2/23/2019 – Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center (Humble, TX) (time: 9am-3pm)
3/16/2019 – Sonora Park (Kennedale, TX) (time: 9am-3pm)
4/6/2019 – Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery (Burnet, TX) (time: 8am-1:30pm)
6/15/2019 – Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery (Hackettstown, NJ)
6/15/2019 – Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center (Humble, TX) (time: 9am-3pm)

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Do you want to support this initiative? We are seeking both cash and in-kind sponsor support to ensure we can provide the best learning opportunity for approximately 15,000 youth and their families in the U.S.

Learn more about First Catch Centers and sponsorship opportunities from our press release and Program Guide.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rachel Auslander, rauslander@rbff.org; 703-519-9546.