The mission of AREA is dedicated to promoting, through sound educational practices, stewardship and responsible use of aquatic resources, fisheries and habitats to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.

About the Aquatic Resources Education Association...

The Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA) is a unique national not-for-profit association dedicated to furthering aquatic education.  AREA is governed by an elected Board of Directors representing geographic regions and headed by a Chairman, elected by the Board.  AREA Members include, for example,

  • State aquatic education program directors, managers, and aquatic program coordinators;
  • Representatives of game, fish, and wildlife departments and  organizations;
  • Environmental protection and conservation officials;
  • Aquatic resources and sport fishing educators;
  • Natural resources, parks, and youth program leaders;
  • Watershed education and habitat restoration professionals; 
  • Federal, state, and local officials; and,
  • Related organizations, groups, and private industry

AREA members participate in a national effort toward education, conservation, legislation, cooperation, science, research, information dissemination, restoration, evaluation, management, recognition, and similar functions related to aquatics and aquatic programs. 

By joining AREA, you have direct access to national, regional, and local levels of support and expertise. You will have opportunities to participate in conferences and seminars and enjoy daily dialogue with aquatic scientists and leaders from all walks of life.  AREA members share professional experience; share a positive reputation with legislators and local groups alike; and members are able to get in on the ground floor of legislation, current developments, technical and research projects, and access vast amounts of information.

The Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA) was established in direct  response to a growing national need for a cohesive voice and a more fluid organized approach to the matters of regional, state, and local levels of aquatic concerns.  The incorporation in 1994 of AREA launched an unprecedented national effort to join the forces of all levels of experts, scientists, technicians, aquatic professionals, and organizations dedicated to aquatics, toward responsible, viable aquatic management. 

Over the years, the voice of AREA has impacted the Federal, state, and local communities giving broad-scope stability, targeted growth, and offering direction to officials and organizations facing the challenges of meeting aquatic goals. AREA members, after all, have their pulse on the public, the state, and the nation. 

It is our desire to continue to meet our goals, to expand opportunities for aquatic education where needed, and to freely provide our expertise to meet continuing challenges.

We need your help

We are dedicated professional aquatic educators.  Our classroom is the outdoors, lakes, rivers, streams.  We work with youth to infuse a love of nature and an appreciation for water and wild life.  We work with teachers and classroom adjuncts to bring an appreciation for aquatic resources to children and adults alike.

It's not easy raising money in the current environment but we hope you will help us reach people everywhere. 

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AREA fills a national need for an organized approach to aquatic education.  Local, regional, state and federal aquatic managers look to AREA as being a united voice for aquatic education and goals.

  • AREA provides biyearly training through its educational conference. Open to aquatic professionals and supporters
  • AREA publicizes and promotes your local and Regional events
  • Federal, state and local wildlife managers use AREA as a resource
Join AREA and help decide the future of aquatic education.

Upcoming events

Sunday, October 21, 2018 8:30 AM • The Event Venue is not yet decided, you could nominate your agency
Sunday, October 18, 2020 8:30 AM • The Event Venue


Friday, March 31, 2017 10:50 AM • Anonymous
Monday, March 13, 2017 6:11 PM • Anonymous
Thursday, December 08, 2016 1:46 PM • Anonymous

Donation goal

Collected: $667.00
Goal: $1,000.00
"Aquatic Resources Education Association" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Founded in 1994.
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