School Vacation Week Overflowing With Activities at the Boys & Girls Club of Wareham--Kukoo Go Fish

By Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford/Wareham | Mar 23, 2012
Photo by: Boys & Girls Club

School vacation week is shaping up to be action-packed at the Boys & Girls Club of Wareham as the Club’s year-long Kukoo Go  Fish Program hits full throttle with a series of fun-filled and informative lectures and field trips. 

So, just what is Kukoo Go Fish?  The program is an outgrowth of last year’s popular year-long bird-themed Kukoo program that introduced Boys & Girls Club members and the community-at large to native birds, avian history and ecology.  Now Kukoo-the-bird is introducing a new little fish friend to bring environmental awareness from the skies to the water while Boys & Girls Club members learn about fish, the business and sport of fishing and the aquatic environment.

For parents, school vacation week is a perfect  opportunity for your  kids to “test the waters” at the Boys & Girls Club with a special $30 fee for the four-day week, Tuesday April 17 to Friday April 20, 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

And what a week it will be!

On Tuesday, April 17, the Club will head to the Woods Hole Aquarium for an up close and personal look at all things aquatic.  The trip is sponsored in part with funding from the Wareham Cultural Council and is open to children in the community on a first-come first-served basis. Advance signup required.  A bus will transport children roundtrip from the Club at 54 Viking Drive and admission to the aquarium is free.

On Wednesday, April 18, staffers from the Buzzards Bay Coalition will be on hand at the Club to introduce members to some very local fish and shellfish species.  A walk to the water’s edge will follow for some first-hand identification of our aquatic neighbors—boots or old shoes required!

Thursday will kick off with another field trip, this time to the New Bedford Whaling Museum for a historical and cultural perspective on fishing, the fishing industry and marine life.  The program is a fun and fascinating hands-on learning component that corresponds to the Mass Curriculum Frameworks. Children will need a bag lunch for the trip.

All events are free of charge.  Simply complete a membership application and deliver to the Wareham Boys & Girls Club office with payment by April 6 to take advantage of the vacation week special.  Space for field trips is limited.

Additional programs, speakers, and trips are in the works for the year-long Kukoo Go Fish project including conversations with commercial fishermen, visits to fishing boats at dock, arts and crafts activities and an essay contest to answer the question on everybody’s lips these days: “Who is Kukoo the bird’s new fish friend?”

Last year’s Kukoo program included a sold-out fundraising gala and auction which raised funds for Boys & Girls Club programs, services and financial aid.  This year’s Kukoo Go Fish project will also include festive dinner on June 16 at the Kittansett Club in Marion.  Once again, the Boys & Girls Club seeks creative donations for the auction, this year relating to fish or the underwater world.  In addition, the Club seeks corporate sponsor to help underwrite the project and help with fundraising.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Wareham or about Kukoo Go Fish, visit www.bgcnewbedford.org or call Barbara Sullivan at (508) 295-5400 or Maureen Sylvia at 508-992-8011.

 

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