Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mojave River Fish Hatchery - Victorville, CA




This weekend we went to visit Calico Ghost Town. On our way there we wanted to make the most of our trip and visit nearby fun places. On our map we found a Trout Hatchery. It sounded like fun, so we headed off to Mojave State Fish Hatchery.

It is a small facility located behind a community college. It was a little hard to find, but there it was next to the park. You can have a picnic at the park after you visit the fish.

The place is open air and there is no fee. You may buy fish food for .25 cents if you want to feed the fish. The kids watched, learned about fish and what is a fish hatchery. This was their first time visiting a fish hatchery. So I asked what they thought of the place.  One of them said this:

"The humans found eggs that were in danger and decided to bring them here to protect them. The humans will later take them back to the lake or stream once they grow big. They will see their mommies soon. The trout are here just for a few moments, so they stay protected."  It was very interesting to hear their point of view.




Trout's Cycle




This is a bit far from Los Angeles, so you may want to plan other events to go with this trip.

If you want to find out if there is a Fish Hatchery near you go to  CA Fish and Game : http://www.dfg.ca.gov/

Teaching materials: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/caep/curriculum-aids.html

Please email me if you have any questions.

Field Trip Mom
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