American Eels

Eels in the Classroom

Eels in the Classroom (EIC) is an experimental, small-scale environmental education opportunity provided by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. Headed by fisheries biologist Aaron Henning, the program provides juvenile American eels to educators to raise in their classrooms and ultimately release back into the Susquehanna River. The EIC project partners with other natural resource agencies and the operators of Conowingo Dam who have been collectively working to bring eels back to their native waters. Students learn about the value and importance of migratory fish through the ecosystem functions they perform.

Prior Participants

In 2018, the first EIC program included two participants: Lewisburg Area High School and the Bradford County Conservation District. In 2019, the program grew by word of mouth to now include the following participants:

School District/Organization Years
Abington Heights School District2019, 2021. 2022
Bloomsburg Christian School2021, 2022
Bradford County Conservation District2019
Conestoga Valley High School 2021, 2022
Cumberland Valley Eagle View Middle School2022
Danville High School2022
East Juniata High School2022
East Pennsboro High School2019, 2021
Harrisburg Academy2022
Hempfield School District2022
Juniata County Conservation District2021
Juniata County Elementary School2022
Juniata County High School2021, 2022
Lampeter Strasburg High School2022
Lewisburg Area High School2019, 2021, 2022
Loyalsock Township Senior High School2019
Manheim Central Doe Run Elementary2021, 2022
Manheim Central Middle Schoo2021, 2022
Mifflin County Jr. High School2019, 2022
Millville High School 2022
Milton Area Senior High School 2019, 2021
Milton Hershey High School2022
North Central Secure Treatment Unit2022
Northeast Bradford Jr/Sr Highschool 2022
Palmyra Area Middle School 2022
Red Lion Junior High School2022
Valley View School District2019
Wellsboro Area High School2021
York Suburban High School2022
Lewisburg High School students with their eel tank. Lewisburg High School Abington Heights High School students with their eel aquarium. Abington Heights High School