Don’t Miss Ice Fishing with SKIP!

Join the Friends of Murphys Point on Sunday, Feb. 17 for ice fishing at the park!

As part of Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, the Friends are hosting a Super Kids In Parks event that will introduce children and families to the popular winter sport. Ontario Family Fishing Events give people a chance to experience ice fishing licence free in Ontario.

SKIP is an outdoor learning program at Murphys Point Provincial Park that aims to help kids ages 7 to 10 connect with nature through a range of activities that promote active and healthy living. Activities are geared towards 7- to 10-year olds, but the whole family can get involved.

Conservation officers and Friends volunteers will run the program, which features a demonstration of ice fishing equipment and techniques, as well as an opportunity for everyone to give it a try.

“This is a fun introduction to ice fishing for anyone who has never tried it before,” said Stephanie Gray, Friends’ education committee chairperson, “and it is also a chance for those who frequently go ice fishing to come out for an afternoon at the park and show their skills.”

Ice fishing at SKIP in 2011.

Ice fishing at SKIP in 2011.

Equipment will be provided, but anyone who has their own is welcome to bring it along.

The program will start from the Park Store at 1 p.m. and runs until 3. Participants should dress for the weather, although a warm shelter (and hot chocolate!) will be available.

Space is limited and pre-registration is preferred so the Friends can ensure there is enough equipment and volunteers. If ice conditions are not safe enough to run the program, a message will be posted here on the website by 10 a.m. on Feb. 17.

Children ages 7 to 10 can be dropped off (with a signed permission form) for the program or families can take part. For fees and registration information (including the permission form), check the Super Kids In Parks page. Space permitting, registrations may be accepted at the door.

Two more SKIP programs will be held this winter and spring, including an outdoor cooking and shelter-building experience on March 3 at the Lally Homestead and a pond study in the main park on April 28. Watch for details!

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