HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 05-04-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC TO OFFER CATCH CLINIC AT 2004 TROUT FESTIVAL

The Natural Resources Division of Haywood Community College, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Haywood Waterways Association are sponsoring a CATCH (Caring For Aquatics Through Conservation Habits) youth fishing clinic during the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Festival On Saturday, May 29. CATCH Clinic hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the new Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

The CATCH program is designed to teach young people "how", "when", and "where" to fish as well as to introduce lessons in aquatic ecology, water safety, fishing ethics, and respect for the outdoors. A new activity this year will be based on Kids In The Creek and will involve collecting and identifying aquatic bugs, as well as, testing water quality. Many youngsters in our community have never had the opportunity to learn how to fish or to explore aquatic habitats. CATCH provides this environmental education opportunity.

The CATCH Clinic is open to youth between the ages of 6 and 15. Necessary equipment will be furnished. A parent or guardian must register and attend with the youth. Pre-registration is required. The number of participants will be limited and participants must be registered by May 24 in order to participate.

To register, call Dave Dudek at (828) 627-4564, or Jenny Carver at (828) 627-4560, Haywood Community College, Natural Resources Division, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Join the fun! Get hooked on fishing!

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