Pratt Recreation sponsored a Fishing Frenzy day at Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism headquarters on Tuesday and more than 50 area kids showed up for the fun.
There’s an old saying: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. On June 11, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism employees at Pratt headquarters did just that. They taught more than 50 area children how to fish as well as let them explore the Pratt Education Center.
The activity was a part of the Pratt Recreation Department's summer youth program. The program offers free activities every day of June and partly into July, keeping kids active throughout the summer after school’s out. The sessions last from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and include a free lunch at the Pratt High School cafeteria afterwards.
Tuesday’s activity was called a Fishing Frenzy, and participants started off the day by exploring the Pratt Education Center where they learned about Kansas wildlife, including some close encounters with snakes and the state turtle, the Ornate Box turtle.
After the museum, they went next door and outside to the fishing pond where KDWPT employees taught the kids to set up their poles, bait a hook and cast, many of them for the first time. The children were provided with everything needed to fish, including the pole and tackle boxes.
“I’ve never been finishing before but I really like it,” said Lyric Seba, one of many kids who got to learn a new skill that day.
More summer kids activities are listed on the Pratt Recreation Facebook page and at www.prattrecreation.com.