Students learn about fish habitat
Gull Lake remains covered in thick ice, but with the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener just six weeks away Nisswa Elementary School fourth-graders are brushing up on their fish facts.
This year’s Governor’s Fishing Opener will be headquartered at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa on Gull Lake on May 9-11. To help educate students, Nadine Meyer, DNR MinnAqua program specialist, is providing hands-on aquatic education activities from the “Fishing: Get in the Habitat!” leader’s guide developed by the MinnAqua program.
Meyer spent Thursday, March 20, with fourth-graders at Nisswa School, who participated in Habitat Hideout, in which they learned about fish shelters in Minnesota lakes. Whether talking about walleye, northern pike, sturgeon, trout or eelpout, students proved that fish tales aren’t just for adults. They shared various fishing stories with Meyer as she taught them about fish found in area lakes, including where they are found in those lakes and what they eat.
The fourth-graders will see Meyer again on Friday, May 9, when she takes them fishing on Gull Lake. Students will learn how to rig a fishing rod, tie knots and cast. They’ll learn about the anatomy of a fish. And plans include venturing out on Confidence Learning Center’s glass-bottom boat to look at aquatic habitat, including plants and logs where fish hide.
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