2017 Education Calendar

 A) NGPC Outdoor Discovery Programs

We need members of Nebraska Trout Unlimited to assist with the Flyfishing and Flycasting activities at the 2017 Outdoor Discovery Programs.  We will introduce hundreds of kids to flyfishing...perhaps some of them will be our future members.  Perhaps you can think about helping us in 2017 at one or more of the Outdoor Discovery events.  They are typically held around the State at several locations: Platte River State Park, Scottsbluff, Ponca State Park, and Ft. Kearney State Park.  The Ft. Kearney event is now scheduled for May 10, 11 & 12.  Stay tuned for dates for the others.  For the events to be held far from your home, overnight accomodations can be made.  Just contact the Education Chair, Gene Kathol at for details or to volunteer.

B) NGPC Family Fishing Nights

There were numerous Family Fishing Events in 2016 and many are also being planned for 2017.  We still plenty of volunteers to join other Nebraska TU members in helping out at these free events – perfect for people of all ages and experience levels. Look for the NGPC Family Fishing trailer; we’ll have loaner rods and reels, bait and fishing instruction available.  

All events 6 – 8 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

(Participants ages 16 and older will need a 2017 fishing license)

Watch for 2017 dates at fisheries like, Omaha Benson Park, Papillion Halleck Park, Lincoln Holmes Lake, Bowling Lake, Carp-O-Rama at Branched Oak SRA, etc.

TU members who are certified with the NGPC as Aquatic Education Instructors will be present at many of these events to teach the elements of fly casting.  Please think about joining them.  Stay tuned for dates.page1image9464page1image9784 page1image14296 page1image14456

2017 Family Fishing Events

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C) Trout in the Classroom Field Trips

The Trout in the Classroom Field Trips were a huge and growing success over the past few years.  We have introduced hundreds of kids from communities around the state to flyfishing and worked with the younger ones to help them catch fish with spinning gear.  We will need many more volunteers for 2017 because the program continues to grow, so please consider becomming a Certified Aquatic Education Instructor and helping us.  In the Eastern part of the state, the programs are held at Schramm State Park/Ak-sar-ben Aquarium.

TIC field trips at Schramm State Park (Aksarben Aquarium) this season are scheduled as follows:

April 18                                      

April 25

April 26

April 27

May 4

May 5

May 10

May 16

May 17

We need your help.  Please consider volunteering your time to help.  Contact Lindsey Chizinski at NGPC or Gene Kathol, Education Chair at TU#710.

D) Become a Youth Fishing Instructor

Certified Youth Fishing Instructors receive:

  • Training and tools to instruct fishing clinics
  • Opportunities to volunteer at events like Outdoor Expos and Family Fishing Nights
  • Access to fishing equipment & educational materials for your own events
  • Program participation incentives      

To become a Certified Youth Fishing Instructor, contact Larry Pape ( or 402-471- 5447) .  Once you are Certified, please notify the TU Chapter Education Chair, Gene Kathol ( or 402-290-4467) so we can add you to the Chapter list of Certified Youth Fishing Instructors.

The next NGPC certification event for volunteers who want to assist the NGPC will be conducted on April 1, from 9 till 12 in Lincoln, NE.  The training will take place at the NGPC event Center, located at approximately 44th and Superior St. on the north side of the street.


Watch this web page for updates as more dates and events are added to the schedule.  For additional information use the LINKS on the HOME page of to visit the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC) web site.