Sunfish and Students

Sunfish and Students Raising Bluegills in the Classroom

​Bluegills are a type of small, native sunfish found in Maryland ponds, lakes, and even tributaries of the Bay. They are a great way to help learners make connections between watersheds and the health of the rivers and Bay.

The Sunfish and Students program is open to classroom teachers and outdoor/nature centers. The Department of Natural Resources supplies equipment, fish, food, teacher’s manual and lessons. The teachers’ manual includes information on aquarium set-up and maintenance,as well as care and feeding of the fish. Lessons and background information are aligned with NGSS and Environmental Literacy standards.​

The fish and equipment pickup for both new and returning teachers will occur in Annapolis and Hood College in October 2022 (Dates TBD). Details and specific pick up instructions will be sent in early fall.

In the spring, the fish are to be released as part of a department coordinated release event. Participants must contact their regional fisheries manager to determine location for release. For a list of DNR Freshwater Fisheries Managers by region click here Freshwater Fisheries Region.

New participants must register and complete the Sunfish and Students Training Workshop, after which they will receive the equipment, fish and food. This training will take place in October 2022 (date TBD) at the DNR Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis but has been conducted virtually the past two years to follow health safety guidelines. Returning teachers looking for a refresher are welcome to join.

All teachers that would like to participate in the program must register by July 31st.​

  • New teachers please register here.
  • Returning teachers please register here.

Register for the 2022 Sunfish and Students Training Workshop

​For more information contact:

Chelsea Miller
Aquatic Resources Education
Chesapeake and Coastal Service
MD Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401

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