Ways to Get Involved

The hatchery runs a thriving volunteer program that involves everything from tagging freshwater mussels and lake sturgeon, to staffing the visitor center and gift shop, to grounds work, spawning fish and helping with station outreach events. There is always something going on no matter what the season. Joining our Friends group is also a good way to support the hatchery. They sponsor many of our outreach and environmental education days.

*Lake Sturgeon tagging occurs in the months of August and September.  


An important part of Genoa National Fish Hatchery's success is directly related to its volunteers. Our volunteers include folks from many walks of life who are interested in making an impact to save a species, tag a fish, spawn a walleye, plumb a fish tank or just help out in making the station more attractive to the visiting public. Something is going on all year round that will interest volunteers from ages 14 to 100! For more information on volunteering with the hatchery call 608-689-2605.

Our Partners

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In turn, we routinely collaborate with tribal, federal, state, local and non-profit groups forming partnerships to implement on-the-ground conservation projects that protect and enhance fish and other aquatic resources and provide angling opportunities to the public.


The station hosts many outreach programs for schools, children and the general public alike. Events such as kids fishing days, environmental education days and even something as simple as a visit to the visitor center will provide a 15 minute video on many of the things the station has to offer.

Education Programs

Each year we run a Youth Conservation Corps program in the summer for high school students. This program employs three students for up to 10 weeks.

Each year we hire two Pathways interns typically from natural resource programs in order to provide experience in the field.