Funds Available to Teach Fishing and Boating in Schools

CONTACT: Doug Darr
“Physh Ed Grants” provide schools with money for fishing and paddling sports. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are lifelong activities that all ages and abilities can enjoy. “Physh Ed is an excellent way for school-aged youth to gain hands-on experiences with fishing and boating activities that they can enjoy for a lifetime,” said Future Fisherman Foundation Executive Director Anne Danielski.
The Future Fisherman Foundation awards $2,500 grants for fishing, canoeing, and/or kayaking. The grants allow elementary, middle and high school physical education (PE) instructors to receive fishing and boating training and to purchase equipment. Funds may also be used for field trips or improve fishing/boating facilities. To date, Alabama students in Auburn, Hueytown, Mobile, Montevallo, and Scottsboro have benefited from Alabama grant winners Deana Schnuelle (Ogletree Elementary ), Treva Artimisi (Burkett Center and Hueytown High), Sonia Nelson (St. Pius X Catholic), Linda Hatchett (O’Rourke Elementary), Tim Ray (Montevallo Elementary), and Benny Wright (Scottsboro Junior High).
Applications and information about the Physh Ed grants are available at Applications must be received electronically via email before 4:00 p.m., CST, Monday, January 21, 2008. Jessie Moore, Physh Ed Program Coordinator for the Future Fisherman Foundation, can be reached at 703-519-9691 or The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division has programs that also help schools do fishing and casting programs. Doug Darr, Aquatic Education Coordinator, can also help teachers design a fishing program or tell them how to borrow equipment from the WFF. Contact Darr at 334-242-3884 or
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit