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Aquatic Resources Education
The DDOE Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) is a DC-based aquarium and aquatic education center located minutes from Capitol Hill in Anacostia Park. The AREC is a local DC aquarium that houses over 30 species of aquatic life from the three watersheds within the District. Animal exhibits include native aquatic life such as the Spotted salamander, Sunfish and the Brown Bullhead catfish as well as non-native and invasives such as the Northern Snakehead.
Visitors can learn about DC’s aquatic life by visiting the AREC and taking a self-guided tour or a tour led by one of our resident fish and wildlife biologists. Visitors are can also learn about the District’s aquatic resources through recreation by participation in one of our free seasonal fishing clinics. We also have a variety of hands-on field and classroom-based environmental education programs that we will conduct (by request) for schools and other groups by request. Learn more about the educational programs
This unique center is a realized vision of a partnership between the District of Columbia, the National Park Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2005, a $1.2 million expansion was completed to include dedicated classrooms and offices, display areas, live local fish exhibits, a fisheries laboratory, and a fish hatchery.
The Aquatic Resources Education Staff are ready and eager to help any visitor learn about fish and other animals that live in the rivers and creeks of our city.
We are open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 am - 2 pm or by scheduled appointment.
Mission: Our mission is to educate and engage the greater DC public (with a special emphasis on middle schools) on aquatic life, watershed stewardship and related topics in the three watershed of the District of Columbia.
HOW WE DO IT
- Design and implement aquatic education and outreach programs for schools, youth and the public.
- Engage DC youth in experiential learning through fishing clinics and other field programs.
- You can work with us in several different ways:
- Visit the AREC with your group, learn about DC aquatic life and how you can help keep our local waters clean.
- Sign-up to bring your class, group or family for a program or fishing clinic.
- Learn about DC’s aquatic life on our website.
Learn More About the AREC
Aquatic Resources Education Center
1900 Anacostia Dr. SE
Washington, DC 20020
Inside Anacostia Park (next to Skating Pavilion)
Phone: (202) 727-7400
Public Hours: Monday—Friday 10am—2pm
Other hours (including weekends) by appointment only.