Information and Education

Photo of children putting together native fish puzzles.

The Gila River Basin Native Fishes Conservation Program is continuously looking for opportunities to increase the public’s awareness of the value of native fish and the problems that introduced non-native fish have on the conservation and recovery of these native species. Currently, the Program is providing funding to help support the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office’s Native Fish in the Classroom program. This educational program provides local elementary and middle school students with the opportunity to raise native fish in their classroom and learn about the ecology, biology, and conservation of native fish and their habitats. The curriculum has primarily focused on the native fishes of the Middle Rio Grande; however, it is now expanding to the Gila River basin with the help of the Gila River Basin Native Fishes Conservation Program.

Prior to Native Fish in the Classroom, the Gila River Basin Native Fishes Conservation Program funded the development of two other Information and Education programs. Between 1999 and 2003, the Program provided funding to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to develop native fish conservation videos, brochures, posters, trinkets, school educational materials, and teaching workshops. Between 2008 and 2011, the Program funded Marsh and Associates, LLC to develop and implement an early-age elementary school program that focused on Arizona native fish and their recovery. This educational program became known as Sharing Tails and educated 33,285 students during the funding period. Sharing Tails is now independently funded by the not-for-profit Marsh Education.


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Last Updated: 03/31/21