Teaching Kids About Conservation – Forum Report

Forum member ‘shadowcast’ posted an entry on our forum about a recent trip he took his 7th grade science class on. For the last two years he has taken students to the Port Manatee Redfish hatchery so they can learn about this popular gamefish and what efforts are in place to conserve the resources surrounding them! I wish we had field trips like this when I was a kid…

From the posting:

My full time job is that I am a school teacher in Plant City.  The last two years I have arranged for my 7th grade science class to be able to take the tour at the Port Manatee FWC Redfish Hatchery.  The kids love this trip.  They get to learn all about the life of a redfish, the Tampa Bay Estuary and they get to spend some time fishing in the saltwater pond that has underground access to the Bay.  Last year the snook and baby tarpon were not as plentiful as they have been in the past (due to the freezes), but this year we caught more baby tarpon (8-12 inches) than I have ever seen in that pond….

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