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Haileyville eighth and ninth grade students visit The Durant State Fish Hatchery and Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetary

At the Durant State Fish Hatchery, students learned about the history and efforts of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Fisheries Division. Specifically, students gained an in-depth knowledge of the Florida largemouth bass production program, which allows the State Fish Hatchery technicians to produce trophy-sized bas that are stocked in public Oklahoma lakes. During the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery visit, students participated in an outdoor walking tour of the Civil War Cemetery, learning about the history of the Civil War in Southeast Oklahoma. Students also toured the museum, which includes history of Atoka County, such as displays of

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Lane GEAR UP students tour the Durant State Fish Hatchery

Thirty-seven GEAR UP students from Lane recently traveled to Durant to visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s fish hatchery. The seventh and eighth grade students toured the facility which is the largest of the four state fish hatcheries which produces millions of fish each year for stocking Oklahoma waters. Rebecca Fillmore, a hatchery technician, greeted the students and gave a brief overview of the hatchery and its role in the Wildlife Department. She led the students to a reservoir where they observed the harvesting process. Intern Chelsea Griffith explained to the students how the reservoirs were drained, how the

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Atoka GEAR UP students tour the Durant State Fish Hatchery

Seventy-seven GEAR UP students from McCall Middle School in Atoka recently visited the Durant State Fish Hatchery located near Durant. The seventh and eighth grade students toured portions of the 350-acre facility while learning the role of the largest hatchery in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. Students began the day exploring the catfish barn. Rebecca Fillmore, along with other hatchery technicians, described the process for researching and growing the millions of bass that are used to stock Oklahoma’s lakes. Fillmore showed students the different sampling nets used to catch fish and explained how each net was designed to catch specific

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Harmony GEAR UP students visit Durant State Fish Hatchery

Thirty GEAR UP students from Harmony Public Schools recently toured the Durant State Fish Hatchery located on the Blue River in Durant. The 6th and 7th graders spent the day exploring the hatchery and learning about its role in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. Students enjoyed a tour led by Rebecca Fillmore, a technician for the fish hatchery where they observed feeding of the fish in one of the many reservoirs and learned about the process of producing millions of fish each year for stocking Oklahoma waters to enhance angling and sport fishing. They also heard from wildlife interns who

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