Re: NANFA-- k-12 programs?

Jeremy Tiemann (
Wed, 20 Nov 2002 16:43:17 -0600

Back in the summer of '98, I worked for KS Dept of Wildlife and Parks
teaching kids how to fish. Before we would turn the kids loose, we
gave a half-hour speech on various topics (fish ID, fish biology,
aquatic ecology). Some of the things we would ask included habitat
questions (where would you find fish), what they can do to help out
(ie - provide habitat), and "Give a hoot, don't pollute" type stuff
(ie - take a plastic six-pack ring and a plastic fish replica and
demonstrate what can happen). Also, kids are always amazed at how
much life lives in one jar of pond water. Dump a little "SloGo"
(immersion oil) and pond life on a slide to demonstrate how oil
pollution can affect aquatic critters.

>Does anyone have any experience/exposure/thoughts about any k-12 programs
>out there incorporating a big-picture approach to water quality
>using school-based tanks and native fish?
>I've been thinking about some sort of involvment with my kids'
>grade school either as a summer school thing or a project basis during the
>year and have been trying to research other programs.
>I've discoverd some watershed organizations and teachers workshops, and
>others that encourage kids involvement like storm drain stencilling, but I
>haven't seen anything "comprehensive" that pulls it into the school
>Dan Troxell
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Jeremy Tiemann
Illinois Natural History Survey
Center for Biodiversity
607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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