Ketchikan Youth Fishing, Harvesting, & Lifeskills Program
RYC has partnered with Baranof & Company to create the Ketchikan Youth Fishing, Harvesting, and Lifeskills Program. This program was designed for youth in the community of Ketchikan and surrounding areas. The target population is youth aged ten (10) to eighteen (18) years old, although younger youth will not be excluded. With parent/guardian permission, youth will be offered a one to three-day experience with Baranof throughout the spring and summer of 2021; beginning June 2021 through September 2021.
This program will teach youth valuable life skills like how to fish for different species, identify and harvest local edible foods, and prepare the foods they gather themselves. In addition, Baranof has created two field guides covering all aspects of edible foods in Southeast Alaska. We believe that getting youth into the forest, exploring a tide pool, beachcombing, or catching a fish is the best way to educate, go back to basics, and create a sense of well-being.
RYC is confident in Baranof's ability to inspire youth with the simple pleasures and lifestyle of exploring our wilderness while celebrating our culture of living off the land. This program will allow youth to explore their curiosities and provide education to them along the way. These experiences will offer lasting social connections, experiences, and education that these youth will remember into adulthood.
Youth will have a chance to learn and identify species, develop skills on the water, and have different encounters with marine life like Humpback and Orca Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Stellar Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Rockfish, Salmon, Halibut, Ling Cod, Crab, Shrimp, and Octopus. They will learn fishing techniques like jigging, mooching, trolling, and bottom fishing, knots, and navigation. Youth will explore tide pools, beach harvesting, fillet process, outdoor cooking, and chopping wood on the beach. At the Fish House, youth will have opportunities to cook their catch and invite parents, guardians, and siblings to have a family-style meal. On the dock, youth will learn about water safety, outboard maintenance and experience animals living on or around the docks.
All Baranof guides are certified by the United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center and carry a Merchant Mariner's Credential (Captain's license). They are also First Aid/CPR certified and enrolled in the Tongass Maritime Consortium, meeting DOT/USCG random drug testing requirements.
A big THANK YOU to Peace Health, the Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska Community Foundation, and the Division of Behavioral Health for funding the Ketchikan Youth Fishing, Harvesting, and Lifeskills program!
Structure of the KTN Youth Fishing, Harvesting, & Lifeskills Program
To sign up your youth or organization, please fill out the permission slip below: