St. Petersburg, FL
Youth from AMIkids Pinellas, AMIkids Tampa ans AMIkids YES participated from a fishing clinic at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center (SYCC) in Apollo Beach. The group consisted of 15 youth and 6 staff.
The program started with a general overview of the facilities and activities available at the 6,000 square foot building and the Florida Conservation and Technology Center.
A theory presentation with a portion of the Summer Camp Fishing curriculum followed. The group divided into smaller teams for specific clinics such as casting, de-hooking and measuring. Once the small group workshops were complete, the youth had an opportunity to practice what they learned and catch some fish in the SYYC natural pond. The program ended with the group working together to drag a seine net through the channels to sample marine life and learn hands on.
The Florida Conservation and Technology Center offers field trip opportunities for students in grades 3 through 12 provide hiking and paddling excursions through the mangroves of Newman Branch Creek and into Tampa Bay along with marine and coastal education programs focused on science based natural resource management.
Experiential Education has been at the core of AMIkids programming from the beginning. Kids who participate in experiential learning form stronger bonds; that helps us serve them better and allows a shared anchoring point for them. Fieldtrips are also a motivational incentive within AMIkids programs.