Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is a grassroots nonprofit organization consisting of private citizens who provide volunteer and financial support to Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.
The St. Albans CAT made a grant of $1,000 to the Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. for their 2013 Children’s Fishing Clinic.
The goal of this program is to engage young people and families in fishing as a lifelong recreational activity. The project solicits assistance from local volunteers to provide "hands on" activities which teach young people how to fish and be responsible in the outdoors. Eight to ten volunteer stations are established to provide spincasting, flycasting, fly tying, watershed protection, river/stream ecology, aquatic invasive species, and fish identification. In addition 12-15 volunteers actively assist young people with bank fishing along the Missisquoi River for the day.
Nearly 300 children and their families participate annually and, over its 30 years of existence, the program has introduced thousands of children to the joy of fishing. Through the program the Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge will continue to advance both the enjoyment of fishing and the stewardship needs to keep fishing a vibrant recreational pursuit into the future.