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  • A brown entrance sign that reads Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery under a canopy of live oak and palm trees.
    Information icon Entrance to Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery in South Carolina. Photo by USFWS.

    Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery

    The Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery serves as a part of the Warmwater Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation Program in the South Atlantic-Gulf Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The coastal location of the 31-acre facility along the banks of the North Edisto River in South Carolina provides an ideal site to investigate culture techniques for a wide variety of freshwater, saltwater and anadromous (fish that migrate from saltwater to fresh) aquatic species.  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...


  • Three biologists work together to lift a large grey fish with an alligator-like snout.
    Information icon Kayla Kimmel, Cory Gullett and Brady Barr holding a nice alligator gar. Photo by Richard Campbell, USFWS.

    Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery

    Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery works to recover, restore and enhance threatened, endangered, at-risk and recreational fish populations in the Southeast.  Learn more...

  • A small black and grey fish on a ruler.
    Information icon A nine inch lake sturgeon ready to be stocked in the Tennessee River. Photo by Daniel Schwarz, USFWS.

    Our fish

    Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery works to recover, restore and enhance threatened, endangered, at-risk and recreational fish populations in the Southeast.  Learn more...

  • Four biologists walk through a shallow stream bed in a forrest looking for fish.
    Information icon Daniel Schwarz, Ryan Theel, Daniel Drennen and Andy Sanderson sampling White Oak Creek for Bayou darter. Photo by Matt Peay, USFWS.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery works to recover, restore and enhance threatened, endangered, at-risk and recreational fish populations in the Southeast.  Learn more...

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