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Friday Night Fish Lab
Summer Program at Monique Johnson Center


The revision of our Friday Night Fishing program which has run for eight years and counting is now adding a citizen science lab component. Based on previous summer attendance averages, Friday Night Fishing & Fish Lab will engage approximately 100 individuals (of all age ranges; predominantly parents and young children) a night. After the summer, this program involves somewhere between 800 to 1,000 individuals in one summer.


The River of Hope’s new addition of the Fish Lab includes peer-guided data collection and brief seminars on data analysis, invasive species, educational dissection demonstrations of the invasive species to the Anacostia River -- the blue catfish, and other partner-led STEM engagement sessions. 

Our partners who make this several-week Summer event possible include Anacostia Riverkeeper, USGS, Ketrick Fishing Community, and Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy. We are so grateful for their hands-on work with the youth as we cultivate interest in our watershed and in sustainability. 

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Friday Night Fish Lab is leading dissections of the invasive species to the Anacostia watershed, the blue catfish! Come on down to the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center to learn with us as we collect data and learn about the anatomical structure of these strong fish! And, come fishing with us on the dock next to Diamond Teague Park!


5-8PM Diamond Teague Park (1520 First St. SE) across from Nationals Park.

ALL PARTICIPANTS must sign up on Eventbrite and complete the linked waiver below! First come, first onto the dock! (No RSVP necessary to attend the dissections; we will let you know on the fishing dock when we're about to start a dissection and you can come on up!)

Also, check out our Instagram for updates! We look forward to fishing with you!


Capital Guardian Cadets leading the way by collecting data on each blue catfish we catch!

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