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Volunteering

Volunteering, it's a great way to give back to the woods, waters and wildlife.

Every wonder what it would be like to help stock fish, or to pass on fishing or hunting skills to youngsters, or to learn how to improve habitat for Vermont's wildlife? Then volunteering for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is your answer.

Every year, we seek volunteer help in a variety of projects aimed at conserving and protecting the fish and wildlife resources of Vermont. Volunteering is one of the best ways you can help preserve Vermont's rich and diverse wildlife resources.

Opportunities for volunteering include:
LET'S GO FISHING Instructors

If you love to fish and want to pass on the fishing tradition to children and their families, then become a volunteer "LET'S GO FISHING" Instructor. Instructors in the "LET'S GO FISHING" Program organize fishing clinics in their communities or schools to teach successful fish techniques and ethical attitudes to Vermont's next generation of anglers.

Instructor training workshops for volunteers are now available. You will learn about fishing techniques, ethics, fish ecology and management, and tackle craft. Classes are informal, and it is not necessary to have a high level of fishing expertise to become an instructor. Teachers of all grade levels are especially invited to learn how to use "LET'S GO FISHING" across curriculum from elementary through high school.

We will provide instruction, assistance, and curriculum materials.

Last year, more than 1,000 Vermont children and their families took part in "LET'S GO FISHING" clinics across the state. People just like you organized these events in conjunction with community organizations and taught fishing to a whole new generation.

Visit our Let's go Fishing WebPage

If you are interested in learning about becoming an instructor contact:

Let's Go Fishing Program
Lake Champlain International, Inc.
531 Main Street
Colchester, VT 05446
Phone: 802-879-3466
Fax: 802-879-1746
or e-mail Cathy Pirie Merrill [cathy@mychamplain.net]


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EDUCATORS Festival
Green Mountain Conservation Camp Work Weekend


Camp Repairs

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Every spring volunteers come together at one of the department's two Green Mountain Conservation Camps for a weekend in May to donate their time to spruce up the camps for the summer season. Work is needed each spring on a variety of projects, including landscaping, painting, general repairs and construction, cleaning, plumbing, and cutting firewood.

The Green Mountain Conservation Camps began in 1966. Each summer, the camps provide boys and girls 12 -16 years of age the opportunity to gain an appreciation for Vermont's fish and wildlife through a dynamic “hands-on” curriculum. With the help of volunteers each spring, these Conservation Camps are made ready for the young campers.

People of all abilities are welcome to volunteer. The Fish & Wildlife Department provides free meals and lodging for anyone wishing to participate. The camps are located at Buck Lake, in Woodbury and Lake Bomoseen, in Castleton.

May 2014 Work Weekend Dates:
May 17th and 18th: Edward F. Kehoe Camp in Castleton
May 24th and 25th: Buck Lake Camp in Woodbury

For more information call Janet Finn 802-828-1460.


Hunter Education Instructors

In 1959 Vermont adopted a formal Hunter Education Program. The following year, the department game wardens and representatives from many sporting clubs participated in instructor training to become certified Hunter Safety Instructors.

From this small group of pioneer educators, the Vermont Hunter Education Program has grown to over 500 volunteer instructors teaching first-time hunters safe and ethical hunting practices. When the Hunter Education Program first began, it was voluntary. Today, all new hunters, bow hunters, and trappers must attend and pass our hunter safety courses. The demand for courses is great and volunteer instructors are always needed.

As a volunteer instructor you will conduct the Hunter Education Program courses as a representative of the Fish & Wildlife Department. The department provides new instructors with training and materials to successfully run the Hunter Education Program courses. Part of that training includes a weekend development workshop.

Becoming a Hunter Education Instructors takes commitment. But as an instructor you are helping to pass on a hunting heritage that adds to Vermont's quality of life. Through the efforts of our volunteers, hunting is one of the safest activities a person can enjoy in the Vermont woods.

To learn more about becoming an instructor contact Chris Saunders at (802) 241-3700.

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