NEW MEXICO – For the second year in a row, the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Albuquerque Forest Sciences Lab hosted an education and fishing day. This year, the activities took place in April.
Every Kid in a Park Educational Fishing Day event occurred at the Sandia Pueblo Lakes in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over 130 students, parents, teachers and siblings participated in a day of fishing and other educational and fun activities.
A big hit for all was the large Smokey Bear balloon and Smokey’s 1949 fire truck. The Smokey Bear Balloon Friends set up the balloon and offered rides to all in the fire truck around the lakes.
In addition to fire truck rides, kids fished for trout in the lakes, using the 143 provided fishing poles. Volunteers gave fly-tying and fly rod casting clinics as well as instruction in the use of the almighty bobber. Staff from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and National Fish in the Classroom program and from the Cibola National Forest helped to clean fish, with a little biology and anatomy thrown in, and prepare the fish for their trip home as the family dinner. New Mexico Game and Fish Department personnel helped out with the fishing and baiting stations. American Sign Language interpreters assisted deaf and hard of hearing participants from the Presbyterian Ear Institute, Carrie Tingley Foundation and the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy.
The New Mexico ornament station was another popular activity. New Mexico has the honor of providing this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree and the Carson National Forest and Questa Ranger District tree committee provided the tree cookies and other natural materials to make the state ornaments to accompany the tree on its journey to Washington, D.C.
This is truly a Community Event. Partners from all around the Albuquerque area worked together to make this a resounding success.