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Wellington State Park, June 9

This year's Great Park Pursuit kick-off is at Wellington State Park in Alexandria on Saturday, June 9th. Registration for this event will begin at 9:30am and end at 11:30am. From 10am to 2pm, teams will participate in a variety of fishing activities that are both fun and educational. The event day partner for our kick-off is the Department of Fish & Game who will be providing the Let's Go Fishing program to you.

Between the hours of 10am and 3pm you will not be required to hold a valid NH fishing license to fish from shore. If you choose to fish outside of these hours, anyone 16 and older must have a valid NH fishing license. For more information about how to purchase a license, please visit the NH Fish and Game website. The Let's Go Fishing staff has requested that you bring a brimmed hat and sunglasses for this the event. Fish and Game will have equipment to loan out on a first come/first serve basis however, we encourage you to bring your own equipment to use as more than 60 teams will be at this event.

New this year: Teams will need to print out a Great Park Pursuit Team Scorecard  and bring it with them to each guided event to receive points.

June 9th also marks National Get Outdoors Day, so bring your teammates and passion for nature on this exciting adventure!

Guided Events

When you arrive on Saturday, you will be given a passport to guide you through the day and help you reach your fishing "destination." You will spend the first part of your day visiting and completing activities at three different stations. Once a station has been visited, your passport will be stamped and you will be one step closer to hitting the fishing hole! Activities at each station will take 40 minutes to complete. You will be directed to the next station at the end of each station.

Once your passport is full, you must visit the fishing equipment loaner station to complete the registration process; even if you do not need to borrow equipment or do not plan to fish. All Let's Go fishing equipment is to be turned in at 3pm.

Macros & Fish ID
What can you find beneath the waves of Newfound? Come and explore the bugs and fish that call the lake their home.
Station start times: 10:30  |  11:25  |  12:20
 
Knot Tying & Equipment
All thumbs? Knot now! Learn about the equipment needed to get started fishing and the very important skill of tying your hook on the line.
Station start times: 10:30  |  11:25  |  12:20

Casting & Safety
"Fishing" in a pond of grass...here you will learn proper casting techniques and safe practices that will ensure a fun fishing trip.
Station start times: 10:30  |  11:25  |  12:20

About the Event Partner

As the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife, and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:
  • Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats;
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources;
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.
Did you know? New Hampshire Fish and Game protects, conserves and manages more than 500 species of wildlife, including 63 mammals, 18 reptiles, 22 amphibians, 313 birds and 122 kinds of fish as well as thousands of invertebrates!

The Let's Go Fishing program is part of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Aquatic Resources Education Program and is federally funded by the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act. To find out more about the program visit fishnh.com.

Goals of the Let's Go Fishing Program:
  • Promote wise use of New Hampshire's aquatic resources through responsible and ethical outdoor behavior.
  • Teach proper skills and inform the public about rules and regulations to ensure a future for the sport of fishing.
  • Provide the information and instruction necessary for the public to participate in fishing ... a healthy outdoor recreational activity for all ages.