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Hallsville Aquatic Day - Over Two Decades of Learning and Fun
Midwest Region, May 15, 2009
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Hallsville Aquatic Day has become an institution for this small Missouri town.  For more than twenty-years now the Hallsville Elementary School fourth grade class has dedicated an entire day to learning about and experiencing their local aquatic resources.  For the fifth year Columbia NFWCO has assisted in making this a day of fun and learning. 


Aquatic Day events include water safety demonstrations, angling for bass and bluegill, fish art, fish songs, and fish studies with Columbia NFWCO.  The live fish we bring to this event always get a great response.  The children especially get a kick out of the shovelnose sturgeon.  With its heavily armored body, flattened head, and vacuum like mouth, this fish always attracts a lot of attention.  Having these live fish as visual aids is a great way to focus the children’s attention and provides us with the opportunity to explain fish anatomy, evolution, and life histories.  In total, we talked to 75 fourth grade students that day along with several parents and teachers.  Everyone had the opportunity to get a very hands-on lesson on Missouri River fish. 


After we were finished and driving away from the school, we overheard a group of students talking about how cool the shovelnose sturgeon were; sounds like we may have made a lasting impression.


Colby Wrasse and Patty Herman

Contact Info: Colby Wrasse, 573-234-2132 x30, colby_wrasse@fws.gov
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