Sunfish and Students

Sunfish and Students Raising Bluegills in the Classroom 

Bluegills are a type of small, native sunfish found everywhere in Maryland - ponds, lakes, even tributaries of the Bay. They can be used to make a direct connection for students or visitors between their own watershed and the health of the rivers and Bay.

This program is open to classroom teachers or outdoor/nature centers. The Department of Natural Resources supplies everything – equipment, fish, and food. A teachers’ manual is also provided which includes information on aquarium set-up and maintenance, care and feeding of the fish, background information, and lesson plans. All lessons are correlated to the Maryland State Curriculum and Environmental Literacy standards.

Participants receive the equipment and fish at a workshop held in Annapolis in the fall. In the spring, the fish are either returned to the Department of Natural Resources or are released as part of a department coordinated release event.

Click here for the Teacher's Manual
Sunfish and Students Workshop Presentation

For more information:


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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