Explore the Blue Essay Contest Winner

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing campaign and Discovery Education announced the grand prize winner of the ‘Explore the Blue‘ essay contest. Students were asked to compose a short essay describing an outdoor fishing or boating experience and touch upon the importance of protecting and conserving our nation’s waterways. Grand prize winner, fifth grader James Cole, concluded his winning essay with a key lesson learned: “I want to take care of my ponds, lakes and rivers, so one day when I grow up I can enjoy fishing with my kids.” James and his family have been awarded a trip to Yellowstone National Park including airfare, lodging, spending money, and a $250 Sports Authority gift card. Five first prize recipients also received $100 Sports Authority gift cards.

So the contest may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fabulous resources and lesson plans have disappeared. Go check them out at Explore the Blue.