Fishing for Success: UF Engaging Youth and Families on Aquatic Sciences

June 12, 2024

Fishing For Success (FFS), a multifaceted initiative by the University of Florida, is making significant strides by introducing children of all ages to fisheries and aquatic sciences. Launched in 1998 with a mission to mentor and guide underprivileged youth, the program has since expanded, addressing the needs of 4-H extension faculty, teachers, youth group leaders, and the broader community.

FFS offers both on and off-site activities, from educational tours and hands-on demonstrations to community fishing events. The diverse program reaches approximately 10,000 youth annually, providing not just learning opportunities but recreation and rehabilitation therapy as well.

A highlight of the program is the monthly Family Fishing Days, running from March through November. These events invite families to enjoy a day of fishing in a safe and welcoming environment at the UF/IFAS catching ponds. With a variety of fish like bluegill, largemouth bass, and channel catfish, and all necessary equipment provided, it offers an experience for everyone, including those with disabilities.

Located in Northwest Gainesville, just west of Devil’s Millhopper State Geologic Site, FFS offers a fun and educational outing for the whole family and will be having another Family Fishing Day this Saturday, June 15th!

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