AREA Student Scholarship

Collegiate Student Scholarship Information

For the October 23-27, 2016, Aquatic Resource Education Association Conference

Held at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) of the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 60 miles from Baltimore.

Scholarship includes conference registration fee, conference meals, activity fees and lodging costs through Friday morning. A travel stipend is available.

 Link to application: Application Form

The purpose of the Student Scholarship Program is to encourage college students with a strong interest in aquatic resources education to attend the Aquatic Resources Education Association's biennial conferences. Previous student scholarships have been awarded to folks who went on to get jobs in Aquatic Resource Education. This is a great conference to meet future employers.

AREA members include state and federal agency personnel who fund, direct and deliver aquatic resource education programs like Fishing Clinics, Trout in the Classroom and StreamWatch programs. Most state natural resource agencies have AREA members. AREA members include NGOs like Trout Unlimited, and private corporations like Pure Fishing (fishing tackle Abu-Garcia, Fenwick, Shakespeare and Berkley) and public foundations like the RBFF (Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation), and federal agencies like the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

We’re meeting at the NCTC facility, a full serving lodging/meals/conference workshop facility on the Potomac River. Join us at NCTC for the 2016 AREA Conference. This conference should be convenient for everyone whether you are driving in on the Interstate or flying into BWI, Reagon or Dulles airports. You will receive 4 or 5 days worth of educational seminars focusing on programming, partnerships, volunteers and professional development. There is a free hotel shuttle to and from the airport. Sunday October 23 is a travel day with our new-member social that evening. OR, we are planning a training on that Sunday with Matt Dunfee of WMI on R3 updates as pertains to angling participation. Concurrent sessions will be held Monday through Wednesday with many diverse offerings onsite and offsite. The call for presentations started this winter and is now in full swing. Thursday will be a day in the field learning about aquatic habitats, management and natural history. Finally, on Friday, we all travel home with renewed enthusiasm, fresh ideas and greater understanding of aquatic education programs across the nation.

We look forward to seeing you at NCTC! 


Your 2016 AREA Conference Planning Committee

 AREA website:

 AREA Conference location website:

1.5 Hours Drive

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Annapolis, Maryland

Previous Conference Presentations

 Link to conference agenda

  • Marine Science aboard the Katy - Corpus Christi Bay education ship, conference field trip.
  • Federal Aid Reporting Requirements by the FedAid Office of the USFWS
  • Fly Fishing casting workshop by Macauley Lord, LL Bean Fly Fishing School
  • Marketing Education Programs by Marc Sommer, Ohio Dept. Natural Resources
  • An Evaluation of Hooked on Fishing in Montana by Dave Hagengruber, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • Building Long term anglers through youth education programs: What We Know and don't Know. by Tony Fedler
  • National Fish Hatchery education programs by Richard Christian, USFWS
  • Trout in the Classroom by Rochelle Gandour, Trout Unlimited
  • Angling opportunities, angler outreach and angler recruitment programs in Kansas by Tom Lang, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
  • Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Funds report by the FedAid office of the USFWS
  • Alaska Conservation Camp by Erik Anderson, Alaska Dept. Game & Fish
  • Pennsylvania's youth fishing license and education programs by Carl Richardson, Pennsylvania Boat & Fish Commission
  • Hutsell Elementary School Fishing Unit by the Hutsell and Katy Independent School District (school) staff
  • Take Me Fishing - Event Planning Kit by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
  • Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs: by Sharon Rushton, Future Fisherman Foundation
  • Best Practices for Boating, Fishing, and Aquatic Resources Stewardship Education by Jen Levin (RBFF)
  • Aquatic Resources Education Curriculum by C. Boyd Pfeiffer & Mark Sosin presented by Future Fisherman Foundation
  • Art of Grant Writing & Building Partnerships by Tim Redden and Sandy Sutton
  • Aquatic Nuisance Species: A Wealth of Opportunity for Personal/Professional Advancement by Joe Starinchak USFWS
  • WOW! Wonders of Wildlife by David Christopher, Environmental Concern.
  • The Everglades Case Study: A Watershed Education Curriculum by Professor Tom Marcinkowski, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Fish Iowa! getting PE Programs Hooked on Fishing by Barb Cigar, Iowa DNR
  • National 4-H Sportfishing & Aquatic Resource Education Programs by Hector Cruz-Lopez, Florida Fish and Wildlife
  • Evaluation of the Pennsylvania 4H Sportfishing Program by Marisa F. Oliva, School of Forest Resources
  • Evaluation of Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Education Programs, by Michaela Theresia Zint, Ph.D., Univ of Michigan
  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Mobile Aquarium Program by Jimmy Barnett, Arkansas Game & Fish
  • Youth with Disabilities: Using a special audience to get the word out by Doug Darr, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Adding Value and diversity to aquatic education with volunteers by Trina Cale-Roserio, Maryland Dept Natural Resources
  • Aquatic Education Federal Assistance Proposal Workshop by USFWS Div of Fed Assistance, Aquatic Education Coordinators
"Aquatic Resources Education Association" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Founded in 1994.
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