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Tag: Environmental Education

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  • A beach in a cove lined with green grass and tall pine trees
    Information icon Shoreline at future Lynn Haven park site. Photo by USFWS.

    New public park will protect Panama City crayfish

    February 18, 2020 | 3 minute read

    Lynn Haven, Florida — A new public park located along the shore of North Bay and McKitchen’s Bayou in Lynn Haven will not only provide public access to waterways and recreational facilities, but will also protect rapidly disappearing habitat for the Panama City crayfish, a species the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed for federal listing. The park will be bought and maintained using funds from the Deepwater Horizon National Resource Damage Assessment settlement.  Learn more...

  • Learning about aquatic invertebrates

    January 10, 2020 | 1 minute read

    In November 2019, Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery staff held an aquatic invertebrate diversity lab with four third and fourth grade classes and one gifted and talented class at James B. Edwards Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.  Learn more...


  • A group of children runs through shallow water with a net in the foreground.
    Collecting fish in the North Toe River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    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 Southeastern U.S. is home to some of the world’s greatest diversity of fish and other aquatic species. But this wonderful diversity is being threatened as more and more aquatic species and their habitats begin to disappear. You can help by becoming involved in your community! Fourteen National Fish Hatcheries and six Fisheries Resource Offices across the Southeast offer BiT program materials to groups and individuals at no cost.  Learn more...

  • A dozen school children look for invertebrates in a shallow stretch of river.
    Shad in the Classroom Program on the Eno River, 2016. Photo by NC Museum of Natural History.

    Biologist-in-Training program components

    Activity guides Individual students or groups may complete a BiT Activity Booklet (upper elementary ages) or BiT Activity Card (pre-K – elementary ages) at any National Fish Hatchery in the southeastern U.S., or also anywhere water flows. Certification Upon completion students may earn an official Biologist-in-Training certificate, patch or sticker from a local hatchery or by mailing in a signed certification of completion (contained in the BiT Activity Booklet) along with name and address to:  Learn more...

  • Students crowd around an instructor.
    Information icon Eric Romaniszyn of non-profit Haywood Waterways giving instructions. by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Resources for educators

    The BiT Activity Booklet has been designed with the needs of upper elementary science teachers in mind. The activities correlate to National Science Education Standards, and were developed by a team of teachers and environmental education experts. Activities offer different means of collecting, organizing and analyzing biological information, and focus on the students’ use of observation skills to make their own discoveries. A 60 word glossary supports information in the activities.  Learn more...

  • Two people wearing waders in a shallow stream in front of a bridge check a net for animals.
    Information icon Joyce Coombs helps a students check a rock for animals. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Resources for families

    You probably remember how much fun it was to play outside as a child, but you may not have known how good it was for you! Today’s kids, however, spend less time outside than any previous generation. Recent research shows that our children are suffering from too much time inside. Kids spend an average of 6.5 hours/day with television, computers and video games. What does this mean? If kids are raised without a connection to nature, they may miss out on many important health benefits.  Learn more...

  • Students in waders standing in a shallow river looking at insects with an instructor.
    Students circle around to see insects on a rock. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Extension activities

    A series of group extension activities based on nationally-recognized environmental education curricula serve to supplement these BiT materials. The extension activities address differing learning styles and offer added depth of information. They include activities such as games, role-playing, art and stream studies. These extension activities along with all the materials necessary to conduct them are available for download at no cost. Biologist-in-Training extension activities include: Aquatic Food Web Build a Fish Design a Fish Scale Tales Aquatic Lap Sit Deadly Multiplication Go Fish Stream Study  Learn more...

  • A teacher kneels in the grass with a student to offer some help.
    Jenny Sanders helps a student with animal identification. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Biologist-in-Training development team

    The Biologist-in-Training Program Development Team is made up of education professionals and environmental education experts from across the state of Kentucky. Their time, talents and expertise were instrumental in the creation of the first ever Regionally coordinated experiential environmental education program which promotes National Fish Hatcheries as unique outdoor classrooms. The team works out of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, so far dedicating hundreds of volunteer hours to assisting Fisheries outreach staff in every aspect of the program, including: overall concept and delivery, messages and content, compatibility with national science education standards, graphic design, support materials, and writing and editing the activity guide.  Learn more...


  • An employee in uniform explains species and their habitats to a group of students.
    Information icon Sharing Knowledge Of Wildlife And Their Habitat At An Earth Day School Event. Photo by USFWS.

    Outreach and education

    Learn more about the Louisiana Field Office Outreach Program. We provide information and programs to the public, classrooms, and local groups concerning threatened and endangered species, biodiversity, wildlife ecology, and other natural resource-oriented issues in Louisiana.  Learn more...


  • A hunter and his brown dog on its hind legs look out of the opening of a duck blind
    Information icon Two sportsmen enjoying a morning waterfowl hunt. Photo by Stacey Hayden, USFWS.

    Public access

    Hunting Waterfowl hunters are required to follow state and federal regulations when hunting on national wildlife refuges, including purchasing and carrying a Federal Duck Stamp. Duck Stamps are one of the most successful conservation tools ever created to protect habitat for migratory birds and help ensure abundant waterfowl populations in the future. Approximately 98% of the revenue generated by Duck Stamps goes directly to help acquire and protect wetlands. These wetlands in turn help purify water, aid in flood control, reduce soil erosion, and provide lots of other recreation opportunities.  Learn more...

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