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  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline for Submissions: Feb. 1, 2018


    Submit to: Lindsey Chizinski, with subject line “AREA 2018 Presentation Proposal”

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017 5:05 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello All,

    Below is an email from one of my colleagues here in Colorado.  I know some of you have work with Tabbi on NASP and other programs.  Tabbi has been working on this project as part of AFWA and is looking for some environmental educators to review some monarch butterfly education materials that are out there.  She asked if I could pass this along to this group to see if any of you would be interested.  You can contact Tabbi directly.

    Please see her request below.  I believe the links work but let me know if you are having any problems.  

    Thank you.


    Hello Wildlife Professionals,


    As part of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Conservation Education Strategy, we are working on the final component of our most recent multi-state grant.


    In response to AFWA Resolution 2014-1, Support for the Monarch Butterfly Conservation, the Conservation Education Strategy is creating a best-practices resource for monarch butterfly conservation education. This resource guide will only recommend the highest ranking resources, as ranked by YOU (or someone in your organization – please share with the right people if this is not you) and other conservation educators around the country.


    We have compiled 25 different monarch butterfly education resources falling into these four categories:

    1.      Curriculum teaching about the biology and ecology of the monarch

    2.      Raising monarchs in the classroom

    3.      Creating butterfly/pollinator gardens at schools

    4.      Engaging students in citizen science monitoring


    If you agree to be one of our reviewers, you will be assigned to review only five of the resources. Your review will be based on the criteria created by the North American Association for Environmental Education in the Guidelines for Excellence - Environmental Education Materials. Your review will entail reviewing the resources and taking a close look at the resources as an experienced conservation educator. You do not need to teach any of the lessons in order to complete your resource review.


    If you are willing and able to review resources by Wednesday, November 15th, please respond or send an email to Tabbi Kinion. You will be given links to the five resources as well as a link to the evaluation tool. Overall, your evaluation should take less than two hours to evaluate all five resources. The resource tool includes a place for your contact information so that we can give you credit as a reviewer in the final document.


    Thank you for your time and commitment to creating strong conservation education resources.


    Thank you -




    Tabbi Kinion

    Statewide Education Coordinator

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife


    303.291.7165 | F 303.291.7113

    6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 |

  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Great Idea!

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Fishing Gear instructional video. We headed to one of our Cabela’s and met up with a pro-angler (also a certified fishing instructor) to walk a beginning angler through the basics. Please enjoy!



    Sarah Chabaane

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

    Aquatic Education Coordinator

    PO Box 167

    1000 Assembly Street

    Columbia, SC 29202

    Office: 803-737-8483
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    See White River through eyes of an angler, Sept. 21-22

    Follow DNR Go FishIN coordinator Clint Kowalik on Sept. 21 and 22 as he travels the White River on a fishing adventure.

    This fourth annual trip is part of the White River Festival,

    On the first day of the trip, Kowalik will fish through Muncie along the White River Greenway and will make two other stops before finishing at Mounds State Park. On the second day, he will stop at public access points from Noblesville through Indianapolis. At each spot, he'll fish, take photos and talk about the fish and habitat in that area.

    Check out photos throughout the day on Twitter at and on Facebook at

  • Friday, August 04, 2017 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The AREA North Central Regional Conference is now open for registration.  The dates are October 23 and 24, 2017.  The course fee is $30 per person; meals and lodging on your own or room at the Sleep Inn and Suites(If using the Sleep Inn, reference the AREA North Central Region Conference Group Rate $99.00.)  The conference location is the Fish and Wildlife Service Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge - Prairie Learning Center, Prairie City, IA 50228.

    Details to Download or read Online -

    Your arrival date will be Sunday, October 22, 2017, and your departure date will be Wednesday, October 25, 2017.  Please share this notice with your colleagues.  Everyone is invited to attend.  

    We look forward to seeing you in October. If we can assist you in any way, please let us know.

    Michael R. Brand
    AREA North Central Regional Coordinator

    Boy Scouts of America - Volunteer Scouter

    BSA National Fishing Task Force -  Committee Member

    BSA Central Region Outdoor Program Support Team  - Fishing  Chairman 

    BSA Certified Angling Instructor

    cell: 314-477-8120

  • Monday, July 24, 2017 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out and share this inspirational and motivational film produced by a high school student about a VA Brook Trout habitat restoration project, I have also posted the link on the AREA facebook page. The student who produced the film is now a student at Columbia College.

    Karen Marks

    AREA President (2016-2018)
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I strongly encourage everyone to go lead-free. We’ve made that commitment in Minnesota’s aquatic education program. Our biggest concern are loons and fish-eating raptors, but many other species can be affected by lead in the environment. Check out these pages for more information:

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has a long list of vendors that provide lead-free tackle:

    In particular, Water Gremlin,, ("Gremlin Green" line features several styles of weights made from bismuth, and split-shot made from tin) and Northland Fishing Tackle,, (The "Nature Jig" is 100% lead free, cast from a nontoxic bismuth/tin alloy) have been our source for most of our split shot and jigs. Here is a contact for Northland:

    Kyle Waterman

    Marketing Coordinator

    Northland Fishing Tackle

    1001 Naylor Dr. SE Bemidji, MN 56601




    Jeff Ledermann

    Education and Skills Team Supervisor | Fish and Wildlife Outreach

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    500 Lafayette Rd N

    St. Paul, MN 55155

    Phone: 651-259-5247



  • Monday, June 26, 2017 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Brian Owens, June 21, 2017

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