Getting Families Fishing Series



Today, mass media and distance learning have never been more needed and influential to engage people of all ages about the personal rewards of Getting Families Fishing while also supporting the R3 angling efforts of state and federal agencies plus the entire fishing and boating community.

Although agencies and most corporations lack syndicated television networks and national digital channels to tell this youth and family fishing story to the entire nation, the Future Angler Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Into the Outdoors Education Network partnered several years ago to launch the Getting Families Fishing Series to millions, using the power of broadcast television and online education networks. Others joined the program to tell their stories and expanded the series with support from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Since then, the series has expanded further with funding from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service though a multi-state conservation grant to create four additional television episodes and 16 classroom education videos with custom classroom lesson activities. This open-source entertainment and educational content showcases and provides pathways to discovering the rewards of fishing, plus how the R3 fishing cycle drives the engine of fish management and conservation programs. In total, this program has created a total 6 half-hour television shows, 25 classroom educational videos with lesson activities and educational website sections for learning about pathways to youth-driven family fishing. And to support every state agency’s R3 fishing missions, this program freely offers all television programs and classroom videos with lesson activities to every state and federal agency, all regional and national teacher networks, all R3 fishing-related NGOs, and the entire fishing-boating industry and R3 communities for unrestricted redistribution.

This program not only expanded it series content, it also expanded it national reach from millions to tens of millions of households. In addition to its syndicated television network with ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, now PBS stations around the country are also picking up the show that’s being offered to all 350 PBS affiliates nationally through the National Educational Television Association. Having kids fishing programming shown on PBS educational television was rare indeed. But now it’s a reality with the success of this ground-breaking, fun-filled yet science-based content about aquatic education through angling. And because more people, especially young people, get their entertainment via digital networks nowadays, the series also expanded nationally with 5 digital channels that includes 24/7 viewing on, 1) Roku TV, 2) Google Chrome-cast, 3) Apple TV, 4) Amazon Fire TV, 5) SMART TV. All total, this program now has the potential reach of over 130 million.

To fill today’s need in distance learning and classroom curriculum, this program’s 25 educational website topics with videos and lessons in pathways to discover fishing are correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, so they fulfill multiple educational requirements, endorsed by 25 other nationally recognized educational programs.

The future success and impact of this series hinges on the participation of content partners (like the lead partners’ logos noted below) to help in the continued funding and content development in telling their fishing related and R3 angling success stories.

To explore the Emmy-winning television and educational curriculum content of this series, simply jump to the Full Episodes, or the Educational tabs… or if you want, click on the individual episodes listed below. We also welcome you click on our partner logos at the bottom of this page to link to their websites.

Full Broadcast Television Episodes:

25 Classroom & Distance Learning Videos with Lesson Activities