HELENA – Special education students from C.R. Anderson Middle School got the chance to learn more about Montana’s aquatic wildlife through fishing at the Helena Valley Reservoir today.

240 classrooms statewide take part in the Hooked on Fishing program offered by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The program is aimed at developing an awareness and appreciation for Montana’s waterways and wildlife.

Over the course of the school year the kids will listen to speakers, make projects, and practice conservation with F.W.P. officials.

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C.R. Anderson special education teacher Jennifer Helmbrecht says this is a great way to get the students actively involved in what makes Montana such a great place to live.

“Living in Montana we have so many resources and things available to us that a lot of kids don’t have access to,” says Helmbrecht, “Through this program and through doing these kinds of things we’re able to get these kids out here and interested in these kinds of things.”

The students were fishing for perch at the reservoir and the fish that were caught today will be collected by F.W.P. for the students to dissect later this year.

For more information about Hooked on Fishing visit their website.