Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery
Southeast Region


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Educational Activities at BBNFH

Self-Guided Tour

The Bears Bluff NFH self-guided tour will direct guests around the perimeter of the 31 acre facility; visitors will not only see examples of the South Carolina lowcountry’s natural habitat but also see work being accomplished by staff at BBNFH. The tour will take guests across a previously impounded estuarine area which is naturally reverting back into coastal marshland as well as a freshwater pond where birds, turtles and alligators are often visible. Two boardwalks offer a unique perspective and will allow guests “to get in the marsh without getting dirty”. The self-guided tour offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the estuarine ecosystem while experiencing some of this area’s most breathtaking scenery. Opportunities abound for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts, so bring your binoculars and pack a lunch!


Educational Programs and Resources

The BBNFH offers several ways for your family or class to enjoy nature and get outdoors. Throughout the year, we provide events including a Kid's Fishing Day (annually in June), for your family to enjoy. Come visit our facility and your family or class can enjoy touring the hatchery, observe a variety of birds and other wildlife, and learn about the area’s unique ecosystem.

The BBNFH is presenting an exciting new program that offers children the opportunity to have educational interactions with fish and aquatic habitats! The Biologist-in-Training (BiT) program is an experiential environmental education curriculum that utilizes National Fish Hatcheries and streams, lakes, ponds and rivers as outdoor classrooms. For more information, please visit or contact Roman Crumpton at 843-559-2315 to plan your next field trip or group tour.

The BBNFH also offers scout troops an opportunity to earn patches and learn about fish and wildlife. We will work with scout troops to help achieve their goals of volunteer service. A new opportunity to earn patches is offered by Take Me Fishing and three new patches are available for scouts to earn:

For more information about scout opportunities at the hatchery, please contact Roman Crumpton at 843-559-2315 or


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides other ways for children, parents, and formal and non-formal educators to explore learning and teaching opportunities about fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats and how you can help conserve, protect, and enhance them.




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Last updated: March 9, 2016