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Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) Events

Community Fly Tying Program
Fly TyingCome in from the cold and prepare for the spring fly fishing season. DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Resource Education program invites participants to learn how to make their own fresh water flies over several weeks to then use them at a private fly fishing event. No experience is necessary, and a fishing license is not required to participate in this program. Families with children 10 and older are encouraged to attend. Equipment will be provided or you may bring your own. Attend one or all - A different fly will be made at each class! Registration is required.
Glocester Manton Public Library June 5, 12, 19 (Fishing date: 8/5/18)
Coventry Public Library July 17, 24, 31 (Fishing date: 8/5/18)
Greenville Public Library July 5, 12, 19 (Fishing date: 8/5/18)
Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, Harrisville July 7, 16, 23 (Fishing date: 8/5/18)
Tiverton Public Library July 26, August 2 (Fishing date: 8/5/18)
Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department, Diamond Hill Park August 7, 14, 21 (Fishing date: TBD)

For more information and to pre-register, please contact Scott Travers at 401-539-0016 or
Come Clam with Me
ClammingThe RI DEM’s Aquatic Resource Education program invites you to 'Come Clam with Me'! Learn how to dig for clams, the equipment you need, and the management strategies that have kept Rhode Island in the quahogging industry for so long.

Sponsored by Rhode Island Fish and Wildlife, long time quahogger Jody King, will be introducing people of all ages to the ins and outs of recreational clamming. This event is a FREE but registration is required and space is limited. Please note: Locations may change due to shell fishing closures. Due to the popularity of this event, participants may only attend one event to allow everyone a chance to attend.

Dates: June 16, Bristol Harbor CLASS FULL
July 12, Rocky Point State Park CLASS FULL
August 10, Bristol CLASS FULL
August 14, North Kingstown CLASS FULL
August 27, Rocky Point State Park CLASS FULL
September 8, Rocky Point State Park CLASS FULL

Questions? Contact Kimberly Sullivan at
Fly FishingFly fishing instructors from Rhode Island and Massachusetts will be present to teach women how to fly fish in a hands-on, safe and non-competitive environment. This fun program will focus on equipment needs, fly-tying, and fly-casting. Participants will then fish a stocked pond to try out their new skills.

This FREE program is sponsored by Trout Unlimited Chapters, The Wood River Fly Fishing Association, United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island, and RIDEM’s Aquatic Resource Education program. Limited space available; Registration is required.

When: Saturday, June 23, 2018; 9am-3pm CLASS FULL
Where: Carolina Trout Hatchery – Carolina

Questions? Contact Jessica Pena at
Kids FishingSummer is almost here and there is no better time to get kids interesting in fishing! The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) invites kids aged 7-12 to participate in their 3rd Annual 3-Day Youth Fishing Camp. Fishing takes place from shore, small boats, and onboard a charter boat.

This FREE program is sponsored Sponsored by RISAA and RI DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Education program. Space is limited to 50 children, ages 7-12;

When: June 26-28 CLASS FULL
Where: Based at Rocky Point State Park, Warwick

View the flyer for full details. Questions? Contact Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association at
Dare To Dream Ranch and DEM's Aquatic Resource Education Office are offering a course to teach interested veterans how to tie saltwater flies and fly fish in salt water. Whether you are a beginner interested in learning or have some experience with fly tying and fly fishing, join us for a day of learning about saltwater fly fishing. We will tie flies and practice casting at the Mettatuxett Yacht Club then head out to the Narrow River to catch fish using the flies you have tied.

All tying materials & fishing equipment will be provided.Waders available.There is no charge for the event. Registration is required so that we can have enough materials and equipment for all participants. Children over 13 years old and military spouses are invited to attend.

When: June 30, 9AM
Where: Mettatuxett Yacht Club- 36 South River Drive, Narragansett
Registration: Call Cyndi at 401-871-2332 and leave your name, phone number and email. An email will be sent to you to confirm your spot at the event and provide directions.
Saltwater Fly Fishing Safari on the Narrow River
DEM's Aquatic Resource Education is offering a Saltwater Fly Fishing Safari on the Narrow River. Participants must have some experience with fly fishing, supply their own waders, and have a valid 2018 saltwater fishing license. $15.00 check made out to ROCHS MARKET includes lunch and fishing equipment. Space is limited and registration is required so that we can have enough materials and equipment for all participants.

When: July 14, 2018 9AM-3PM
Registration: Contact for more information and for a registration form and event directions.
Join RI DEM’s Aquatic Resource Education Program, United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island, and Trout Unlimited to create your own freshwater bass popper fly. All equipment and materials are included. These workshops are FREE and open to the public but registration is required. Program participants will be invited to a free fishing day in Carolina RI to try out their new bass popper fly on August 11, 2018.

When: August 1,8 (Fishing Date 8/11/18)
Where: Kettle Pond Visitor Center-50 bend Road Charlestown RI
Contact: Scott Travers or 401-539-0016


Aquatic Resource Education (A.R.E) Program for Children and Adults

Rev. 6/13/18

Wildlife Management & Hunter Ed
Great Swamp Headquarters
277 Great Neck Rd., West Kingston 02892
Phone: (401) 789-0281

Education Center
1B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter 02822
Phone: (401) 539-0019