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Free Fishing Fun with 4-H: A Chance for Youth to Explore Nature and Learn About Conservation

7 different fishing lures

PETERSBURG, Ill. - Get ready to hook into a world of outdoor discovery at the Free Fishing Fun with 4-H event, sponsored by a generous local donor and organized in collaboration with Menard County 4-H, Menard County Fair Board, Menard County Farm Bureau, Menard County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This exciting two-day event, designed for youth aged 7-18 from Menard, Logan, and Sangamon counties, promises an immersive experience in nature and an opportunity to learn about the importance of conservation and stewardship.

Event Details:
Date & Time:

  • June 17, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Menard County Extension Office
  • June 18, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Menard County Fairgrounds Pond

Why It Matters:
The Free Fishing Fun with 4-H event is more than just a chance to reel in some fish; it's an invaluable educational opportunity for young participants to deepen their understanding of natural resources and conservation. By engaging in hands-on activities led by experienced instructors, youth will learn about fish behavior, aquatic ecosystems, and the importance of protecting our waterways for future generations. This event aims to foster a sense of environmental stewardship among participants, empowering them to become advocates for conservation in their communities.

Featured Instructors:
Jim Kolba and Savannah Kolba, experts from Savannah Kolba Outdoors, will lead the classroom portion of the event. With their wealth of knowledge and passion for the outdoors, they will engage participants in interactive lessons on fish behavior, knot tying, and other essential fishing skills.

Tad Locher, representing the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will oversee the field fishing portion of the event at the Menard County Fairgrounds Pond. With his expertise in fisheries management, Tad will ensure a safe and enjoyable fishing experience for all participants.

Open to All Youth:
This event is open to all youth aged 7-18, regardless of 4-H enrollment status. Whether you're a seasoned angler or casting a line for the first time, join us for a day of fishing fun and conservation education!

Special Incentive:
Youth who register and attend both days of the event will receive a FREE tackle box, courtesy of our generous sponsors!

Secure your spot today by registering online at Hurry, spaces are limited!


ABOUT ILLINOIS 4-H: Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth development program of University of Illinois Extension and administered through the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences.4-H grows true leaders, youth who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow. The hands-on approach in 4-H gives young people guidance, tools and encouragement, and then puts them in the driver’s seat to make great things happen. Independent research confirms the unparalleled impact of the 4-H experience, demonstrating that young people are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.

About Extension

Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.