About the Aquatic Resources Education Program


The Aquatic Resources Education Program is part of the Department of Natural Resources’ Chesapeake and Coastal Service. The program funds are authorized through the Sport Fish Restoration Act and provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


The goals of Maryland’s Aquatic Resources Education (ARE) Program:

  • Provide opportunities for Maryland’s residents to learn about water resources, aquatic life and sport fishing.
  • Teach about our role in ecosystems, including positive and negative impacts.
  • Develop an environmental stewardship ethic in Maryland residents and youth
  • Encourage Marylanders to take action in the protection and conservation of aquatic natural resources.

Maryland’s ARE Program enables residents to develop an appreciation and understanding of aquatic habitats in Maryland.

The ARE Program provides:

  • Educational materials and programs.
  • Professional Development and training opportunities.
  • Public events for communities, families, youth organizations and schools.
  • Adult learning opportunities.

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