A national nonprofit is teaching homebound families about the great outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to keep them entertained and teach them valuable skills.


Fishing's Future, a nonprofit organization that helps kids and their parents learn how to fish and enjoy the outdoors, is offering a free, interactive online education for families.


The Family Fish Camps are available via the organization's website, https://www.fishingsfuture.org, and families must register to attend the workshops virtually. The camps are 40-minute sessions and are offered four times for a maximum of 10 families apiece before moving on to the next topic. The first class took place April 1, with the next one scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. April 7 for Cub Scouts only. During that time there will be two 40-minute classes.


Following that, there will be online classes from 7:30 to 8:10 p.m. April 8 on Basic Knots and Hooks, open to all youths and their families.


Those who register will receive a packet by email to download with instructions.


Kansas instructors are also doing virtual instruction April 11 through Facebook Live, according to state organizer Phil Taunton.


Among the Kansas-based classes, Heidi Alpin is working with a Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism biologist to do Fish ID and rules and regulations. Casting and Backyard Bass will also be a session in the future, according to Taunton.


Gregory Schott, of Derby, will host the Facebook Live Kansas Family Fish Camp from 4 to 5 p.m. April 11. The Facebook event has been formed for the camp and it has been posted to the Fishing’s Future Facebook calendar. You can find the event at https://tinyurl.com/tteeuwa/.


"Fishing’s Future is leading the way in Interactive On-line Experiences when it comes to angling education," Shane Wilson, founder of Fishing’s Future, said in a statement. "Some folks must register for some events, while others like Heidi’s class will take place on Facebook Live. FF volunteers are committed to bringing families closer together, and learning how to fish provides them an opportunity to go into the great outdoors and fish together. Social distancing at its best and a great way to help stop the spread of COVID-19."