Archive for June 10th, 2009

Fishing with Grandparents

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program

Susan Schulte of Central Texas grew up on a farm, and spent nearly every waking moment outdoors. When she had daughters of her own, she introduced them to the wonders of nature, and does the same for their children.

With my grandchildren, we love to go fishing.

Grandparents play an important role in children’s lives, and fishing is a simple and thrilling way to experience the outdoors together.

They get so excited when they catch a little fish. And it may just be a little four-inch fish. But to them it’s a monster, you know.

Schulte says first-hand knowledge is priceless.

They realize the sliminess of the worms…and the wind…the waves….the water….they experience that first-hand and that makes an impact on them, as opposed to sitting quietly and passively in front of a screen.

And fishing is just the beginning. If you’re a grandparent, spending time in nature with your grand kids not only enriches their lives now, but also into the future.

Because they’re involved, and it’s outdoors. I just see such a hope for our future, you know? They’re learning. They’re learning something that they will never be able to learn in an enclosed building.

That’s our show for today…with support from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program…funded by your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motorboat fuel.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.