Once again, Georgia’s public libraries are making it easier than ever for patrons to explore and learn about the state’s outdoor attractions.
Building on Georgia Public Library Service’s relationship with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the popular State Park ParkPass program, public libraries across the state will begin loaning family passes for the Go Fish Education Center in Perry.
Passes are available through the Chattahoochee Library System and can be checked out for seven days. For more information, visit www.cvlga.org/gofish.
The family passes, when presented with a valid library card, will be good for free admission to the center for as many as six family members — a potential savings of up to $30. The center is located just off I-75 Exit 134, near the state fairgrounds in Houston County.
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The Go Fish Education Center gives visitors a fun and interactive look at Georgia’s diverse aquatic wildlife and natural habitats, said Jeremy Wixson, the center’s manager.
Among the facility’s popular attractions are its freshwater aquariums featuring trout, largemouth bass and more; interactive fishing, boating and shooting simulators; a stocked pond for fishing; and underwater habitats from mountain streams to black-water swamps that feature live alligators and other wildlife.
“Visitors can also get our tried-and-tested tips on how, where and when to fish in Georgia,” Wixson said.
The Go Fish Education Center is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Through the week, it is reserved for educational outreach programs that include on-site classes for students and conservation-centered public educational workshops and seminars. The facility also can be rented for special events.
“We’re pleased to be joining forces once again with our friends at Georgia DNR to provide Georgia’s citizens with another fun, exciting and educational opportunity like this,” said State Librarian Dr. Lamar Veatch. “For those who live nearby and for those who are traveling in or through the area, the Go Fish Education Center provides a top-notch travel experience. This partnership is a great complement to our State Park ParkPass program.”
Because of the Go Fish pass program’s popularity, families interested in borrowing a pass from their public libraries are advised to plan early, as passes are limited.
For more information, including directions and hours of operation, visit www.gofisheducationcenter.com.