RYC has partnered with Baranof & Company to create a Youth Fishing, Harvesting, and Life skills program for youth in the community of Ketchikan. With parent/guardian permission, youth will be offered a one to three day experience with Baranof over the course of the summer. This program will teach youth some valuable life skills like how to fish for different species, how to identify and harvest local edible foods, and how to prepare the foods they harvest themselves. Baranof has created two field guides that cover all aspects of edible foods in Southeast, Alaska. We believe that getting youth into the forest, exploring a tide pool, beach combing, or catching a fish is the best way to educate, go back to basics and create a sense of well-being. RYC is confident in Baranof's ability to inspire youth with the simple pleasures and lifestyle of exploring our wilderness while celebrating our culture of living off the land. Giving youth the opportunity to explore their curiosities and educate them along the way. These experiences will provide lasting social connections, experiences, and education that these youth will remember into adulthood. Youth will have a chance to lean and identify species, develop skills on the water, and have different encounters with marine life like Humpback and Orca Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Stellar Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, rockfish, salmon, halibut, ling cod, crab, shrimp, and octopus. They will learn fishing techniques like jigging, mooching, trolling, and bottom fishing, knots, and navigation. On the beach, youth will explore tide pools, beach harvesting, fillet process, outdoor cooking, and chopping wood. At the Fish House, youth will have opportunities to cook their catch and invite parents, guardians, and siblings to have a family-style meal. On the dock, youth will learn about water safety, outboard maintenance, and experience animals living on or around the docks.