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.

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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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Youth Fishing Derby

The Northeast Fishery Center in Lamar, Pennsylvania, along with the Lloyd Wilson Chapter of Trout Unlimited, hosted a fishing event and hatchery tour for students with special needs. Students learned how to fish, learned about fish culture and about being a biologist. The fishing event is part of the students' school curriculum, and a life skills support program which helps build confidence, knowledge and skills.

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Native Fish in the Classroom

The Southwest Region’s, Native Fish in the Classroom program provides local elementary and middle schools with curriculum, aquariums, native fish and biologist support. Participating classrooms are provided with fish native to their area, including: Rio Grande cutthroat trout (NM), Apache trout (AZ), Paddlefish (OK), Paddlefish (TX), or native fishes of the Middle Rio Grande (NM). The program generates enthusiasm for natural resources and helps foster a sense of stewardship for native fish and their habitats.

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Last updated: January 13, 2015