Our marine environment is under attack, from overfishing, environmental degradation and manmade spoils like pollution and industrial accidents. To protect the future of our fisheries and surrounding ecology, it is essential to teach young people how to fish responsibly and to respect the environment. Few areas can appreciate that more than Florida, “the fishing capital of the world.” Our program uses hands-on activities that explore the importance of water conservation, water quality and a healthy marine environment. We require students to brainstorm ideas for conservation activities, and to educate their families and friends on the need to protect and sustain the quality of our aquatic environments. Through real-world activities – schoolyard cleaning, fishing camp and building an environmentally friendly boat – students participate in efforts to advance their leadership and try to find more sustainable environmental practices such as alternative fuels, alternative boating and a better solution to littering other than traditional clean-up projects.