“The grant will help us increase our classroom activities and aquatic education events,” said Danica Williams, LDWF Biologist Program Manager, who administers the VIP program. “Success will mean more individuals being confident as they participate in the outdoors, especially fishing.”

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has received a $100,000 grant from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation to fund a program that trains volunteer instructors to teach youth about fishing and conservation.

LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (VIP) will use the money to train some 60 instructors to help the agency reach a larger number of youth this year.

“The grant will help us increase our classroom activities and aquatic education events,” said Danica Williams, LDWF Biologist Program Manager, who administers the VIP program. “Success will mean more individuals being confident as they participate in the outdoors, especially fishing.”

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said, “We appreciate the significant cooperation that we get from the Pennington Foundation toward our mission of educating young people about fishing and how they can help conserve the abundant natural resources of our state for the next generation.”

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) helped the agency in identifying the Pennington grant and filing the grant request. The LWFF is a nonprofit that helps fund and generate support for LDWF programs.

Persons interested in becoming a volunteer instructor should visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs or contact Alayna McGarry at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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