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.

New participants receive the equipment and all participants receive the fish in October. This typically takes place at a training held for new teachers in Annapolis at DNR. This year we will be conducting a virtual training. Thank you for your patience as we work on the logistics of doing the workshop virtually and arranging pickup of fish and equipment. The virtual training will take place on Saturday, October 10, for new teachers. The fish and equipment pickup will be Tuesday, October 13 in Annapolis. Details for this will be sent in early fall. The fish pickup at Hood College will be Thursday, October 15 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Directions will be sent to teachers at the beginning of October.

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. For a list of DNR Freshwater Fisheries Managers by region, please click here.

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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