KIDS FISHING AND OUTDOOR PROGRAMS
Children are the life blood to the future of not only our hatchery, but fishing in general, and the conservation efforts needed to keep our resources and waterways strong and everlasting. Our volunteers work hard each year to meet the needs of our youngsters and provide them with exciting options for outdoor education, fun and great fishing. No matter the age, the Norfork Hatchery tries to get all visitors involved and active within our community. The Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery hosts two annual events during the year designed specifically for kids.
1. Kids Fishing Derby: The annual Fishing Derby is a great event and brings in some 200 children from the area for a fun filled day of food, games, raffles and fishing. Last year through the efforts of our volunteers, we provided fishing for children ranging in age from 2 to 18 with our small children fishing in the hatchery's portable fishing tanks. This event will be held Saturday June 8th below the Norfork Lake Dam.
2. Hatchery Outdoor Adventure: The Hatchery Outdoor Adventure is held each year at the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. The adventure starts on Saturday September 6th and is open to all age groups. The Hatchery Outdoor Adventure (HOA) is an annual event that takes place on the first Saturday after Labor Day. The purpose of the HOA is to disconnect kids from TVs and video games and expose them to the fun and education things that they can do in the outdoors. The Hatchery Outdoor adventure is a FREE hands on event for kids and their parents. Various outdoor organizations, civic organizations, businesses, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, ASU Mountain Home, and Army National Guard setup and operated a station which provides a hands on fun or educational (fun and educational) experience. In the past these experiences have included shooting bows and arrows, tying flys, Japanese fish art, land navigation, hands with insects, fishing in Dry Run Creek (fishing a raceway for little kids), and building bird feeders.