By: Natalie Sejnost
The Parks and Green Space department of Clinton County is hosting the Bill Earl Young Fishing Program Saturday, May 12 in St. John’s very own Motz County Park. The event will be just one of three to be hosted in the mid-Michigan area.
The Bill Earl Youth Fishing Programs are sponsored by the Mid-Michigan Steelheaders. They are offered every year on the first three Saturdays of May, in honor of one of their cherished members that recently passed in 2010, Dr. Bill Earl. Dr. Bill Earl was a local conservationist and a youth mentor in the community.
The Steelheaders are committed to establishing similar programs to this one in communities all over the state of Michigan. Since their first Dr. Bill Earl Fishing Program in 2011 was a huge success, the Steelheaders have made it their goal to engage as many youth across the state of Michigan as possible to participate in healthy outdoor activities.
“It’s really a great way to teach kids that they don’t need to play video games to have fun,” said Clinton County Resident Maeve Wilson.
The program is free for kids age’s five to sixteen. An adult when registering must accompany youth wishing to participate. The event provides an opportunity for parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents to spend the day with their child.
“I’ve taken my kids to this event every year,” said St. John’s resident Paul Hamati, “It’s really great being able to spend the day with your kids and teaching them things I did when I was younger,” said Hamati.
The program space is limited to 50 participants, and will go to the first 50 participants to sign up. Registration can be done online at http://www.mynaturecenter.org. It is advised by the program coordinators to wear clothing appropriate for the weather as well sunblock. All of the participants will be provided with equipment including a rod, reel, and other various tackle and bait items to take home.