HERYN 2022 recap: More than 1,200 photos and videos illustrate kayak, fishing success via program days
Sixty-three young people, ages 8 to 15, representing more than 10 counties across the Middle Susquehanna watershed participated in one of six HERYN (Helping Engage Our River's Youth with Nature) program days held from June 20-25, 2022, at the Central PA Wesleyan Campground near New Columbia.
The program introduced these participants into fundamentals of kayaking and fishing, building skills and confidence throughout each day to a variety of competitions. The young people caught more than 800 fish during the week, mostly pan fish from the campground lake.
The program concluded each day with a demonstration on how to clean, filet and cook fresh fish with a taste test for those who were interested, along with an Enviroscape presentation on watersheds and pollution with a focus on ways people can help protect our freshwater resources via everyday activities.
This event would have been impossible without the incredible support of numerous groups, businesses and individuals. Our primary sponsors included the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Bass Pro Shops and the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Other critically important donors for the week included Clark's Wiggy Worm (of Penns Creek), On Fire Promotions (Shamokin Dam), Graceful Catering (Middleburg), Dominos Pizza (Milton), Jean's Grub Sub Hub (Montandon), Weis Markets and the Central PA Wesleyan Campground (New Columbia).
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Monday, JUne 20, 2022
Our first day of HERYN for 2022 included 12 participants. We had news coverage from the following sources on the first day:
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
On the second day of HERYN 2022, we had nine participants. We had one news coverage story from our second day of programs:
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
On the third day of HERYN 2022, we had six participants, mainly because one large family we were expecting never showed up. Photos from the day included:
Thursday, June 23, 2022
On the third day of HERYN, we had 11 participants. Videos and photos from the day include:
FRIDAY, June 24, 2022
On the fifth day of HERYN, we had our largest single-day number of participants (15). Here are some photos from the day:
SATURDAY, June 25, 2022
On the final day of our HERYN 2022 week, we had 10 participants. Here is a photo and some images from their experiences:
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.