On September 22nd the second graders from Fort Riley Elementary were given the opportunity to visit the Mobile Aquarium which is owned and operated by The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. The purpose of the mobile aquarium is to increase public awareness of fishing resources in Kansas, increase interest in recreational fishing, and to stay connected with the citizens of Kansas. The aquarium was on Fort Riley’s main post in anticipation of a large crowd for the yearly Apple Days celebration.
Each class went to three sessions during the visit. The students were told all about the different fish that are found in the rivers and lakes in Kansas and were then allowed to look at the many fish in the 40 foot long aquarium. They were really having fun finding all of the fish that they had learned about.
In another session, the kids were given fishing poles and were taught to cast them. The goal was to catch one of the plastic fish and reel it back in. They had a lot of fun and were really getting the hang of casting their poles.
The third session was a game of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” It was time to test their knowledge. They did really well remembering what they had learned and only a few “lifelines” were used!
The Fort Riley Elementary students had a great time visiting and expressed an interest to do it again in the future. The Mobile Aquarium and the display fish are located at the Milford Fish Hatchery when it is not attending events all over Kansas.
Article provided by Melissa Burch, Fort Riley Elementary second grade teacher