The Native Fish in the Classroom program is a hands-on, semester-long project that allows students to raise native fish in their classrooms.
For several months, students learn about the life history and issues facing our native fish. Students are responsible for feeding, maintaining aquariums and filter equipment, monitoring water quality, and monitoring the overall health of their fish.
The Native Fish in the Classroom Field Day is the culmination of their time with the fish. During the Field Day, students will release their fish and says their goodbyes.
Student at four New Mexico schools involved in the program have been raising Rio Grande cutthroat trout in their classrooms. By raising cutthroat trout fingerlings provided by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department’s Seven Springs Hatchery, students have enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the state fish, which is a species of concern.
Their efforts represent not only an important educational opportunity but a way to help restore the fish to its ancestral habitat in the Rio Grande.
Date: May 11, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
School: Monte Vista and Emerson Elementary School (Albuquerque)
Location: BLM Orilla Verde Recreation Area – Taos Junction Bridge Campground, near Pilar, New Mexico
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. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.