Aquatic Communities: The Science, Management and Recreation of Fish and Their Environment

By Arizona Game And Fish Department

Healthy aquatic ecosystems are vital to the survival of numerous organisms. The successful management of these resources has to take into account numerous factors including science and recreation. Join the Arizona Game and Fish Department for this exciting educator workshop that will explore these aquatic communities in detail. We will study key aspects of the habitat, such as water quality and macroinvertebrates, while also learning about invasive and native species. We will use that knowledge to better understand fish biology as we learn about the science and art of fly-tying and fly-fishing while also trying our hand at these activities. Participants will tour a local fish hatchery to learn more about the management of fish populations in Arizona as well as some of the real-world research being done to restore native fish populations.

This is a two day workshop that takes place on Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10. The first day will be more classroom oriented and will take place at the Hirsch Conservation Education Area located at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix. The second day will be at the Page Springs fish hatchery in Cornville and Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood. Participants will be expected to make their own travel arrangements to each of these locations. 

The workshop is FREE. However, there is a $3 per person fee to enter Dead Horse Ranch State Park that will need to be paid upon entry to the park.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration does not guarantee participation. Spots will be filled on a “first to register” basis. If all spots are filled, additional registrations will be added to a waiting list. All accepted participants will receive additional details as we get closer to the program.

This workshop is open to educators of all types, however the activities will focus on upper elementary and above . All participants will receive a certificate for 12 hours of continuing education credit. Participants will be responsible for bringing their own lunches.

Complete an online form to register: