The contest was inspired in 1997 by a 5th grader’s homework assignment, She discovered there was little information on all the different state-fish in the U.S. The annual nationwide contest is now running into its 20th year educating kids, teachers and parents on aquatic resources, conservation and each state’s State-Fish. And … the rest is history!
The goal at the heart of the State-Fish Art Program is creating the future stewards of our lakes, rivers, streams and oceans. We believe that the EDUCATION students receive through Fish On! leads to the ACTION of entering the Contest and is a key to CREATING STEWARDSHIP!
The Fish On! Lesson Plan is written for educators teaching grades four through twelve, but can easily be modified to include K-3. Our curriculum is customizable so teachers can choose which exercises they want to offer their students.
After learning about fish and their aquatic environment from the Fish On! Lesson Plan, students take their newly-found knowledge and create a “learning portfolio” contest entry.