Free summer fishing clinic lures wannabe Huck Finns

Photo by Flickr's Martin Ruiz.

Feel like you’re swimming in a school — er, pool — of outdoorsy free events? There’s plenty to dip and dive into, but the part of American summer that involves channelling your inner Huck Finn has been left out. Until now: Macy’s department store has your fishing needs covered, and not just with cargo pants and Tevas. Kids 15 and under can learn to angle with the best of them in Prospect Park with free summer-long fishing clinics. The Macy’s Foundation has partnered with the Prospect Park Alliance to teach fishing techniques in accordance with the park’s “catch and release” policy on Saturday afternoons in July and August. Even better? The program focuses on safety and responsibility, so the little ones can commune with nature in an environment that supports sustainability.

An overview of aquatic ecology sets the tone for the session, giving an educational context to this hands-on experience. Equipment will be provided, so after that, the world is quite literally your oyster.

It’s first-come, first-served, so sign up now to learn the ancient skill of angling. Classes meet at the Audubon Center just inside just inside the Lincoln Road/Ocean Ave. entrance at 1 pm and 3 pm, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact (718) 287-3400 x303 for details and to register.

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