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School Fishing Club Program

The School Fishing Club Program was developed to help students learn how to become effective, conservation minded anglers. The goal is to teach students about ethical angling, conservation, Florida's aquatic habitats, basic fishing gear, and general fishing concepts to help create confident and responsible anglers.

Visit the School Fishing Club Program page for more information. 

School Fishing Club Program

Aquaculture in the Classroom

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Florida schools have the opportunity to receive hatchery reared red drum to participate in Aquaculture in the Classroom program. This gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn about marine aquaculture and marine research while teaching them to become stewards of our natural resources.

Saltwater Kids' Fishing Clinics

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Saltwater Kids' Fishing Clinics are run by partners who host clinic events throughout Florida. Contact if you are interested in hosting a clinic and are seeking publications from FWC.

Interested groups may view our Kid's Fishing Clinic Protocol for information on how to structure these one-day, shore-based events designed to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching youth the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. In addition, clinics teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide youth with a positive fishing experience. 

Knot Tying

Participants will learn and practice basic fishing knots, such as an Improved Clinch Knot and Uni-Knot with the use of a large hook or sinker and rope. The importance of safety around sharp objects used when fishing, like knives and hooks, will also be discussed with participants.

Fishing Tackle and Gear

Participants will be exposed to a variety of common rods, reels, and tackle with explanations on how each kind is used. Important items to have in a tackle box, such as pliers and dehooking tools, as well as other safety measures such as first aid, un protection, hats, and sunglasses will also be discussed. Other topics include the benefits of a dehooker and knotless rubber landing net.


This station is designed for participants to learn the basics of casting and will be taught how to cast safely through mock casting practice using hula hoops. They will also learn new safety tips regarding rod tip placement and having awareness of their surroundings.

Good Angler!

Participants will learn about the importance of being an ethical angler and best fishing practices, such as having a valid fishing license, how to identify local fish species, and how to handle fish.


This station will introduce participants to the importance of habitats, respecting wildlife, and what the local habitat they may experience when fishing in Florida.

After approximately one hour of instruction, most clinics provide the opportunity to fish. And when you go fishing, please remember to Stash the Trash!

Youth Saltwater Fishing Camps

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Local organizations can partner with FWC to provide youth saltwater fish camps. The program uses a 40-hour curriculum designed to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems; teaching fundamental saltwater fishing skills while emphasizing ethical angling techniques for resource conservation; and providing children with a positive fishing experience.

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Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN)

The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN) offers fishing clinics, fishing camps, and other activities through various partner locations around Florida. FYCCN aims to uphold Florida's outdoor heritage by educating and empowering Florida's youth and educators with outdoor know-how and conservation concepts. 

Contact for more information.

Outdoor Weekend Learning Seminars (OWLS)

The FWC now offers Outdoor Weekend Learning Seminars (O.W.L.S.) designed to provide women, youth and families with hands-on opportunities to learn how to safely and responsibly enjoy fishing, paddling, camping, shooting sports, and other outdoor activities. These seminars are for people who want to learn new outdoor skills or build on their existing ones. They are also a great opportunity to meet others who enjoy the outdoors!

Contact for more information.

Children in yellow kayaks holding their paddles over their heads in the water.