Fishing helps kids discover nature and conserve it, too. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids (up to age 15) to a day of free fishing 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City, 2901 West Truman Blvd. near the intersection of Truman Boulevard and Hwy 179.

MDC staff and volunteers will teach participants about fish, fish habitat, and fishing techniques. The free event will include plenty of catch and release fishing at MDC fishing ponds. Fishing gear and bait will be available, or bring your own fishing equipment. A free hot dog lunch will be provided for all participants.

According to MDC Fisheries Program Specialist Andrew Branson, fishing is a great pastime that all ages can participate in.

“Fishing is a great way for kids and families to have fun, discover nature, and make happy memories together,” said Branson. “Don't let inexperience keep you and your kids from enjoying Missouri's great outdoors. The MDC kids fishing days are designed to help introduce fishing to kids and youth groups.”

To participate in this fun day of free fishing, please preregister by June 22. To register, or learn more about the event, contact Branson at Andrew.Branson@mdc.mo.gov or 573-522-4115, ext. 3501.

To learn about other Discover Nature programs in central Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov.