Sunfish and Students
​The programs are aligned with Maryland’s Environmental Literacy and Common Core Standards.

Contact

Stacy Epperson
Education Specialist
Aquatic Resource Education
Chesapeake and Coastal Service
MD Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-8775
stacy.epperson@maryland.gov

Sunfish and Students

Sunfish and Students Raising Bluegills in the Classroom 

We conduct two teacher trainings a year, both in October on a school day. One will be in the Frederick area for western Maryland teachers and the other will be conducted in Annapolis. Educators of grades 3-12 are encouraged to participate. Note: Only one set up of supplies provided per school per year. To register for either workshop, send the following information to Stacy Epperson: your name, work email and personal phone number; grade and subject taught; and name, address and phone number of your school. Reimbursement for substitutes is available. Feel free to peruse the teachers’ manual (link below) to explore our bluegill lessons. All lessons are correlated with current standards.


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

For more information, contact:

Stacy Epperson
Education Specialist
Aquatic Resource Education
Chesapeake and Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-8775
stacy.epperson@maryland.gov