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Aquatic Education

The Nebraska Game and Parks commission offers a variety of aquatic education opportunities from programs in elementary school classrooms to public events and workshops for the entire family. Browse some of our programs below and learn more about Nebraska’s aquatic habitat and fish species.

Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom is a curriculum program that provides students the opportunity to learn about aquatic resources within a framework of hatching and raising rainbow trout. Participating classrooms are provided a cold-water aquarium system and rainbow trout eggs. Students monitor growth as their trout hatch and develop, and they take ownership of caring for the trout by feeding, testing water quality and cleaning the aquarium.
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Fishing in Nebraska Schools (FINS)

Fishing in Schools, or FiNS, is a curriculum program that teaches basic fishing skills and an appreciation for the sport of angling. Designed for grades 4-12, FiNS provides schools with teacher training, equipment, materials and activities. The primary FiNS activities are well suited for physical education programs. Additional activities integrate with all disciplines, making it simple to expand the program beyond the gym and into the classroom.
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Certified fishing instructor network

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has trained volunteer Fishing Instructors for more than 30 years. Certification workshops guide instructors to work with youth, families and communities to provide quality fishing opportunities. Certified Fishing Instructors have access to fishing equipment and educational materials, funded through Sportfish Restoration dollars, and are prepared to teach basic fishing skills.
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Going Fishing Guide

A basic fishing guide compiled by staff biologists that covers everything you need to know to get started in the rewarding sport of angling. Topics covered include fishing equipment and tackle, casting and knot tying techniques, tips for targeting species you can catch from shore, fish identification and fishing regulations. Whether you’re curious about how to tell the difference between a bluegill and a green sunfish, or you’re looking for a refresher on how to fish a Texas rig – this guide has the answers.
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Fishing events

Nebraska Game and Parks hosts a variety of programs aimed at recruiting new participants to the sport of fishing. Among other events, these include youth fishing tournaments and Family Fishing events, in which rods, reels and expert instruction are all available to young and new anglers at no cost.
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AkSarBen Aquarium

The Aksarben Aquarium Outdoor Education Center, conveniently located on the banks of the Platte River between the cities of Lincoln and Omaha, boasts the largest exhibit of native aquatic species in Nebraska. The facility offers a unique aquarium and terrarium, an interactive classroom and the World-Herald Auditorium. Additionally, visitors can access the ponds, nature trails and historic fish hatchery at Schramm Park, located directly east of the facility.
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