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  • Sunfish and Students 

    Program Overview

    The Sunfish and Students program is designed to provide students and their teacher with the experience of raising bluegill sunfish in their classroom from November to May/June. One teacher from each participating elementary school will receive training in bluegill information, aquarium set-up/ maintenance and curriculum connections. During the classroom experience, students will perform aquarium water quality tests, feed and observe fish, study fish adaptations, and utilize mapping skills and participate in inquiry activities and discussions. In May or June, participants will release their bluegill fish into a pre-determined body of water on a full day, FREE field trip, compliments of  The William S. Schmidt Center!

     Linda Armwood Program Coordinator

     Sunfish and Students PDF


    PGCPS students raising bluegill fish in their classroom!   

    Sponsored by The William S. Schmidt Center, in partnership with MD-DNR & Funded by Chesapeake Bay Trust

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Can I expect any fish to die?

    Even with the most optimal conditions, the probability of fish loss is present.

    2.  If all of our fish die will we be eliminated from the free field trip?

    No, you and your students are expected to participate in the full day educational trip.

    3.  How many students can  go on the free field trip?

    The program allows for 30 students from each participating school.

    4.  When is the teacher training?

    Teachers are trained in November and receive the free equipment, supplies and fish on the day of training.



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    Fish Release Trip



    Aquarium Maintenance


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     Patuxent ES




    Inquiry & Discussion    



    Reading and Writing Integration