Anthom elementary visit to the hatchery. Credit: USFWS
Bald Cypress tree at the hatchery. Credit: USFWS
Birds flying over the hatchery at sunset. Credit: USFWS
Recovery sign with blue bonnets. Credit: USFWS
Rainbow over the hatchery. Credit: USFWS
St. Philips Elementary visit. Credit: USFWS
Sunset over the ponds. Credit: USFWS
Swan at the wildlife pond. Credit: USFWS
Visitors around the display pond. Credit: USFWS
Career day. Credit: USFWS
Dalton Elementary visit. Credit: USFWS
Family sunset on hatchery. Credit: USFWS
Fishing derby participants. Credit: USFWS
Hatchery pond. Credit: USFWS
National Night Out 2010. Credit: USFWS
Old Settlers Reunion. Credit: USFWS
St. Philips tour of the hatchery. Credit: USFWS
Sunset over ponds. Credit: USFWS
A new hiking trail and outdoor classroom is under construction at the hatchery. The hiking trail follows the existing wildlife pond and connects to several bird viewing platforms and gazebos. Planned outdoor classroom activities include; Biologist in Training, Wildlife Pond macroinvertabrate studies, Birding and other activities. Please contact the hatchery for more information.
Biologist in Training (BiT)
Welcome to the Biologist-in-Training Program! This exciting program is designed to guide students through a fun, hands-on exploration of aquatic habitats.
The BiT activity booklet includes five fun, interactive activities that will help students gain the skills needed to be good biologists and discover why it’s important to care for our precious aquatic resources. Once students complete all five activities they are eligible to receive an official Biologist-in-Training certificate and patch or sticker!
National Fishing and Boating Week (first full week of June)
Annual Fishing Derby
Let’s go fishing! This is a statement most children love to hear. The thought of going out to a body of water, putting something squishy on a hook and throwing the line into the water with the expectation of catching something is very intriguing to them.
The focus of this event is to stir the interest of the young and the young at heart. As the years have passed word has spread of how much fun the event is and the organizing, setting up, and gathering of donations to prepare for the event has become easier. Although the preparation for the event is a huge undertaking the rewards are multiplied many times over. Seeing the wonder and joy of our young participants and hearing a simple “thank you” or “we had so much fun” makes this event meaningful to us.
The Hatchery plans to continue this event annually to give our young ones a day of fishing to look forward to.
The Uvalde National Fish Hatchery also participates in community events outside the hatchery. Events we have participated in previously are listed below (participation is not guaranteed every year).