Angling Participation and Education

Performance Area: Outdoor Recreation

Number of participants involved in MinnAqua fisheries aquatic and angling education program

Why Is This Important?

Minnesotans must work to maintain, enhance, and restore the health of our ecosystems so they can continue to serve recreational, environmental, social, and economic purposes.  However, not all citizens know how to be effective stewards, and some simply don't appreciate the outdoors because they haven't had opportunities to enjoy activities such as fishing and hunting.  The MinnAqua program works to create a citizenry that is aware of and active in natural resource conservation, by expanding opportunities to fish and creating a network of outdoor education.

What Is DNR Doing?

Partnerships are vital to the sustainability of education efforts. The MinnAqua program hires summer interns and partners with teachers, youth programs and community leaders because through them they can reach a larger audience. MinnAqua provides educators in-depth training and supportive materials on fishing and aquatic ecosystems, so they can lead efforts in their classrooms or youth groups. These “core educators” are able to spend more time with participants, solidifying the message of stewardship and empowering future generations. The MinnAqua program is just one fish and wildlife education program the DNR offers. The DNR is currently developing a strategic direction for all fish and wildlife education programs through an evaluation process. Creating connections between programs will assist in streamlining efforts and identifying new outdoor opportunities and methods of delivery that assist new and novice outdoor participants to learn skills and gain a lifelong appreciation for Minnesota’s great outdoors.

Target: To be defined with new indicator(s) that will reflect the work of all fish and wildlife education programs.

The DNR’s fish and wildlife education programs are currently implementing an evaluation strategy to identify what outcome measures can be realistically tracked within individual fish and wildlife education programs and how best to track them. The goal is to determine if current program design effectively reaches desired outcomes and to identify realistic outcome measures for individual programs.