Fishing for fun with Nets at Beczak Environmental Education Center in Yonkers this Summer

Catch of the Day Seining at Beczak in Yonkers

Looking for something refreshing to do with the kids that’s more educational than a water park? Head to Beczak Environmental Education Center for Catch of the Day Seining.

Seining is the ancient way of fishing by dragging a net through the water. No marine life is harmed, and it’s fun. At Beczak’s Hudson River beach, educators show visitors of all ages how to seine with a thirty-foot long, hand-woven net. They distribute chest waders—waterproof overalls available in sizes toddler to XXL—before showing the group how to wade into the river, stretch the net as far as it can go, and walk the ends of the net together. They then return to the beach to see what they’ve caught before returning the catch to the wild.

“We catch about 10,000 fish each year—mostly white perch, striped bass, American eels, blue crabs, hogchokers, and pipefish,” says Vicky Garufi, Beczak’s Director of Education. “We look, touch and learn, then release the fish back into the river.”

Catch of the Day Seining takes place on August 7 and 8 from 2 to 4 p.m., August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., August 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., and September 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Reservations are needed. The cost is $5 per person.

Beczak Environmental Education Center is an eco-friendly renovation of a former factory social club on a two-acre Hudson River park in downtown Yonkers. The center is steps from the Yonkers Amtrak and Metro-North station, with ample free parking. The address is 35 Alexander St. Yonkers, NY. For more information contact SJuggernauth@beczak.org; 914.377.1900 x 13 or visit Beczak.org.

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