Hatchery staff provides numerous tours, seminars, and exhibits for academic institutions, Boy Scouts, 4-H Clubs, and civic organizations, as well as educational events throughout the state.
Biologists in Training (BiT)
Biologists in Training and Fish Identification are courses for area youth offering a hands-on approach to learn certain tasks that a Fish Biologist might perform on the job. Besides seining and netting fish, the youth learn to identify fish caught and the importance of a balanced aquatic ecosystem. Contact hatchery for dates and times of upcoming courses.
Boy Scout groups from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas that attend the nearby Slippery Falls Scout Ranch summer camp visit the hatchery to complete merit badges in National Citizenship, Federal Facilities, and Conservation in the Environment.
The hatchery supports the local Girl Scouts of America unit by providing the opportunity to earn badges.
Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)
Each summer the hatchery hires local community youth to work at the hatchery. The primary areas of focus for the YCC employees are water quality monitoring, helping with fish culture activities (including paddlefish, channel catfish, and alligator snapping turtles), and grounds maintenance. Besides learning from the staff, these youth are also given the opportunity to learn about environmental education issues. Students interested in applying should contact the hatchery for more information.