Course Number: EDU 5627 C02
Instructor: Alison Thomas & Corey Hart
Location: In-person class on Saturday, September 14 from 8:30-3:30. The course continues in an independent format with two clinic requirements-dates to be chosen by the students. Green Mountain Conservation Camp Buck Lake, 1051 Buck Lake Rd. Woodbury, VT 05681
Dates and Times:

September 14, 2019-April 30, 2020.

Credits: 1 Graduate Credit
Tuition: $125

Note: Course payment is due and payable to the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Course Description

Participants will become certified in Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Let’s Go Fishing (LGF) Curriculum. The course highlights how to bring aquatic education into the classroom while focusing on topics such as aquatic ecology, fisheries management, fish identification and biology, angling equipment, and regulations. The material taught is appropriate for all age levels and can easily be used to address many academic disciplines in an interdisciplinary, active format. Participants will be required to pass a background check conducted by a Fish & Wildlife Game Warden to complete the certification process.

Audience: Formal and non-formal educators

Perspectives from Educators:

Mark Raishart, Stafford Technical Center

We have participated in the Let’s Go Fishing Program with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife several years in a row in different seasons with different lessons.  It has been a great opportunity for students ages 15-18 to learn about advanced environmental science concepts through an engaging hands-on activity that many Vermont youth can relate to.  LGF provides a rich backdrop for discussions on Vermont water quality, aquatic habitat, anatomy, species identification, life cycles, geography, population dynamics and Fish and Wildlife Regulations.  I will continue to utilize the LGF program as a vital component of our environmental science curriculum.     


Donna Ewald, Physical education teacher at Windsor Schools

Why have Let’s Go Fishing as a part of your curriculum in your school’s physical education program or regular classroom?

I decided to go to a Let’s Go Fishing class 15 years ago since our school was right across from Lake Runnamede in Windsor.  The students in my PE classes loved our unit on hiking on the trails and I thought why not use more of our resources and since then we have our 4th grade take part in the Let’s Go Fishing curriculum created by the Vermont Department Fish and Wildlife.

Each spring I order equipment that includes pamphlets, fishing laws, fishing resources and poles, lure making equipment and backyard bass.  I spend 4 classes teaching ethics of fishing, we take a fishing quiz to learn how to use our resources…

The students do an activity that teaches them about predators, dams on the river, hydro-power and fish ladders.  This is an actual physical game that keeps them moving for over 30 minutes.

After this learning process (we work on PE national standards), we are ready to learn to cast using rubber weights and backyard bass.  The students spend 45 minutes working on this skill on our fields. Then onto the lake where parents, grandparents and volunteers help the whole 4th grade go “fishing!”   Our classroom teachers come with us for the morning and I usually have at least one volunteer or parent for each 3 to 4 students. Fishing, how to put bait on, take fish off, return fish to lake, identify fish, and enjoy the bonds made with the volunteers, grandparents and teachers all making this a day to remember and hope to see the students with a fishing pole over their shoulders, walking to the lakes, all summer long.

Let’s Go Fishing is now a part of our 4th grade physical education curriculum but could easily fit into a classroom curriculum working together with the PE teacher and creating a field trip to a local lake or pond for the final day.  It’s amazing to see the wonderful connection made, especially with grandparents and parents with the students that day. Our folks love to share their knowledge and our students eat this up. Keeping this sport alive through generations is key to our Vermont heritage.

Course Goals & Objectives

Course Goals:

  • Become a certified Let’s Go Fishing Instructor
  • Inspire educators to utilize the Let’s Go Fishing program curriculum and materials to provide interdisciplinary educational lessons to students

 Course Objectives:

  • Learn how to incorporate aquatic ecology, fisheries management, and angling education into the classroom;
  • Demonstrate the fundamental skills associated with fishing;
  • Become familiar with the educational resources the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department offers educators; and,
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of one or more Let’s Go Fishing programs.


Course Expectations


  1. Completion of the Let’s Go Fishing New Instructor Training Course (7 hours)
  2. Assist in a LGF clinic with a certified instructor for at least three hours (minimum 3 hours)
  3. Create a LGF program proposal and implement the clinic (minimum of 1 clinic at a minimum of 5 hours of instruction time)

Evaluation: The course instructors will monitor and record the successful completion of the New Instructor Training Course, background check, assistantship period, and planning and implementation of a LGF clinic.

Required Texts

Costs, if any, for the required readings are not included in the course tuition.

  • Pre-course reading requirements
    • The Roots of Environmental Education: How the Past Supports the Future Edward J. McCrea
    • Environmental Education Brings Numerous Academic Benefits eeworks
    • Place-based Education: Connecting Classroom and Community David Sobel
    • Fisherman of Harlem Meer Taimur Ahmad
  • During course reading requirements
    • LGF Curriculum Guide

For additional course information

Alison Thomas
(802) 371-9975

Corey Hart

(802) 505-5562

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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