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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Vamos A Pescar!

The Uvalde National Fish Hatchery in Uvalde, Texas, recently held its annual fishing derby which this year was promoted as a Vamos A Pescar (Take Me Fishing) event. This year’s attendance was at 397 registered participants which is more than triple the number of participants just two years ago. Many partners provided assistance this year by supplying gear and by helping to promote the event to the Hispanic community. A great time was had with many fish caught. Just see for yourself!  

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A Path To Nature

Iron River National Fish Hatchery’s 3-mile trail system needed a little help. So who comes to the rescue? Second graders, of course! Students from South Shore Elementary School spent a morning assisting hatchery staff by planting trees along the trailhead.

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Last updated: August 3, 2015