Students Raise and Release Bass as Part of Classroom Biology Program

On Nov. 17, 2016 the Forest Preserve District's Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook hosted a bass release as part of its “Bass in the Class,” a program designed to introduce children to DuPage County's native fish species. Students and teachers who participated in the program returned the fish to Fullersburg Woods the day of the release and then enjoyed a variety of educational activities, including learning about aquatic invasive species, stormwater management and recreational fishing. The District’s rangers, naturalists and ecologists and members of DRiFT and SCARCE led day-long programming at the site.


Fullersburg Woods’ staff released 170 bluegill — also a part of the program — on Nov. 18 at Mud Lake in McDowell Grove Forest Preserve in Naperville.

Sixteeen schools, 18 teachers and 828 students from kindergarten through 12th grade fostered fish in their classrooms this school year. The teachers and students received their fish in mid-September and raised them for about eight weeks before they were released into DuPage forest preserve waters. 

We extend a special thanks to DRiFT for its donation, which paid for the fish in these programs.  
Hundreds of bluegills are readied for release at Mud Lake at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve.
These bluegills were raised in a local classroom before their release at a DuPage forest preserve lake.
Naturalists Keriann Dubina and Laura Wickramasinghe worked with DuPage County teachers and students as part of the program. Here, they acclimate the bluegills to the water before release.
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