Children in the Stream Conference a Success!

The inaugural class of the Children in the Stream Conference are ready to hit the water.

photo courtesy Alberto Rey

Back in March, we posted about the then-upcoming Children in the Stream Conference to train youth instructors. Organized by Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide Alberto Rey, the event is a ground-breaking interdisciplinary approach to education through the sport of fly fishing for educators, community members, and educational programmers who are looking for a way to integrate outdoor experiences into their curriculum or communities.

The event took place June 25-28 in the small, steelhead-fishing village of Fredonia in western New York. Here’s Alberto’s assessment:

The inaugural Children in the Stream Conference was a huge success due mostly do to the committed participants who traveled far and wide to attend. The group was very knowledgeable in their own fields and were open to sharing their expertise with the group. The group included 10 teachers from New York and Maine. The group’s fly fishing expertise ranged from those who had no exposure to the sport to others who were experts. All worked well together.

By the end of the intensive four days, we became quite close as we were connected by the past days’ shared experiences and our passion for the environment, teaching, knowledge, and our commitment to children. These people will take what they’ve learned, bring it back to their communities, and share it with students of all kinds. The total outreach, in just the first year, is expected to be around 300 students and community members.

Rey plans to hold the event next year, as well, and with each successive class, the impact of the program will further expand.

Classes included basic fly-tying.

photo courtesy Alberto Rey

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