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Gr 7 OEd - Fishing Bootcamp (Spring 2017)

In the spring of 2017, CW Perry school created a unique Outdoor Education class that teaches stewardship for the environment through the hands-on activity of fly fishing. The class motto is, “Hooked on Fishing, Anchored in the Environment.” The focus is to learn the ins and outs of fly fishing our beautiful mountain parks’ waterways while indirectly teaching them about the sensitivity of fish at each stage of their life cycles, fish habitat, all while encouraging conservation and stewardship efforts that will help sustain the sport of fishing for generations to come. Students enrolled in the Fishing Bootcamp, this past spring, spent time working with biologists at the Sam Livingstone Fish Hatchery and then released 2000 trout in the Sibbald Meadows Pond, they planted 200 Willows along Nose Creek with a local conservationist and his organization called, “The Stream Tender.” They also had a fantastic day at Mount Lorette Ponds where 80 - 90 fish were caught.  The culminating activity for this class was a hike up to Elbow Lake, the headwaters of the Elbow River, in Kananaskis country where they experienced first hand the pristine natural fish hatchery of the feisty Brook Trout. On every outing, the students from this class participated in shoreline and trail cleanups as well as learned alongside of the biologists and conservationists for which they worked. With the help of a grant from the Alberta Conservation Association, CW Perry is now equipped with 15 Temple Fork fly rods and equipment, fly tying gear, Outdoor Research rain coats, and are set up to run this course annually each spring moving forward.

 

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