Fish and Aquatic Conservation

And You Thought We Only Raised Fish!

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You'll be surprised by the numerous and diverse educational opportunities that the National Fish Hatchery System provides. We help others learn about fish and other aquatic species and their habitats through outdoor learning areas, providing field study opportunities, hosting festivals and events and developing tools for teaching today's conservation ethic. We engage youths and adults through our Friends Groups, partnerships with states and tribes, and through various youth employment programs. Students, historians, scientists, and the lay person conduct research at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives that holds 175,000 historic items related to fisheries conservation. In all, these education opportunities will help us better understand the world around us, as well as impart joy and a sense of stewardship for natural resources for conservationists yet to come.

young girl planting milkweed

Milkweed for Monarchs

Genoa National Fish Hatchery, Wisconsin, is adding a new curriculum to their Sense of Wonder outdoor classroom, milkweed for monarchs. Milkweed plants are the preferred food of monarch butterfly caterpillars. Genoa along with local students are working together to create habitat on the hatchery property to help increase monarch populations. 

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We Get Visitors, Yes We Do!

Our Fish and Aquatic Conservation field stations get over 1.5 million visitors annually, of all ages. Just like this school group of third graders that visited Neosho National Fish Hatchery in MO. The kids learned about fish life cycles, endangered species restoration, and much more. Interested in a tour? Contact a hatchery and see what's available? 

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Neosho National Fish Hatchery 

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Engaging the Next Generation

During the history of fisheries and aquatic species conservation programs in this country, there has never been a greater need for passionate and empowered citizen conservationists. The US Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program in the Midwest Region is committed to engaging youth in nature and the great outdoors.

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Last updated: October 5, 2015