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Building on 25 years: 1994-2019

Founded 1994, AREA is dedicated to sound educational practices, stewardship and responsible use of aquatic resources, fisheries and habitats to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.

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Nomination Deadline June 1, 2020

AREA will select one graduate student and two AREA members to receive scholarships. Download Nomination Form
These scholarships include:

  • Complimentary conference registration
  • One-year AREA membership
  • Travel stipend (not to exceed $750)

Award  TYPES

Nomination Deadline JUNE 1, 2020

Roland Sigurdson Outstanding Aquatic Education Program  Download Nomination Form
Recognizes any member’s aquatic education programming that increases public appreciation for, and understanding of, the values of aquatic resources and/or provides/promotes angler education and fishing opportunities to diverse audiences.

Steve Campbell Outstanding Aquatic Educator   Download Nomination Form  
Recognizes a member’s effort in the area of increasing public appreciation for, and understanding of, the values of aquatic resources and is a leader in providing/promoting angler education and fishing opportunities to diverse audiences in a fun, energetic and enthusiastic manner.

Exceptional Support of AREA or an AREA Program   Download Nomination Form
Nominees in this category may be individuals, organizations, businesses, or volunteers, who have demonstrated exceptional and ongoing effort to support Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA) or its program providers on a local and/or national level.

Nomination Deadline JUNE 1, 2020

AREA 2020

Greg Akins, TX

Karen Byrne, NJ

About us

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.

As a member

You hold a special place in the ARE world among professionals.

The AquaticResources 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.

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