Fish Hotel Kit

Illustration by Justin Sipiorski

The Fish Hotel Kit contains a variety of instructional materials designed to help children and adults alike learn about the benefits of leaving trees in lakes. Trees in lakes not only provide areas for fish to spawn, but also offer shelter to help some species protect their incubating brood. Large submerged trees can host entire fish communities!

The Fish Hotels Kit includes:

  • Fish Hotel, fiction - Full-color, 30 page hardcover picture book*
  • Fish Hotels, non-fiction (20 student copies) - Full-color, 20 page companion booklet*
  • Fish Hotel Lesson Plans
  • Fish Hotel  Poster
  • A Second Life for Trees Poster
  • A Second Life for Trees in Lakes - Teacher resource booklet
  • Impervious Surfaces: How They Impact Fish, Wildlife and Waterfront Property Values – Teacher resource booklet
  • Water's Edge - Teacher resource booklet
  • My Lake Field Journal - Teacher resource booklet
  • Video links to short videos of fish swimming through real fish hotels
  • Video of Fish Hotel (picture book) being read. Available on YouTube or upon request, DVD.
* The books marked by an asterisk are tailored to the Wisconsin standards for science for grades 3-5 (Standards SCILS1 and SCI.LS2), but have been used with a wide variety of audiences including camps and special education classrooms.

Fish Hotel Kits provided by University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension Center for Land Use Education

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Fish Hotel Kit Presentations & Video Links

shorelandzoningppt_convention2016.jpgFish Hotel: Children's Picture Book PowerPoint Presentation

Tessa and her cousin Hugo grab their snorkeling gear for an underwater adventure and learn that downed trees in the water are like a fish hotel, providing shelter, food and a place to lay their eggs. 

Fish Hotel PowerPoint Presentation


Fish Hotel: Children's Picture Book Reading

Listen to Fish Hotel as you view the story of Tessa and her cousin Hugo learning how fish benefit by leaving trees in water.

Fish Hotel Reading: link to stream file

Fish Hotels PowerPoint Presentation

Describes what fish hotels are, and the simple steps we can take to provide fish with what they need. Contains a diverse set of shoreline photos with the question “Could you survive as a fish here?” to prompt class discussions.

Fish Hotel Power Point Presentation

shorelandzoningppt_convention2016.jpgImpervious Surfaces: PowerPoint Presentation

Explains how runoff from impervious (hard) surfaces lead to decreased fish populations in lakes and streams. For example, more nutrients from runoff result in less oxygen in the water; more sediments cover spawning beds of fish;  and warmer water can eliminate cold water fish like trout, northern pike and walleye.

Impervious Surfaces PowerPoint

Impacts of Impervious Surfaces on Fish, Wildlife, and Waterfront Property - Video

shorelandzoningppt_convention2016.jpgEngbretson fish video links:

Three short recorded live videos are available by Engbretson Underwater Photography. Links are contained in a PowerPoint slide and in a printable document.

The Magic Goggles: Discovering the Secrets of the Lake 

A complimentary book to Fish Hotel. Magic Goggles explains why trees are important around lakes and in the water. Go on an adventure with Maggie and her little brother Tate at their grandparents’ lake cabin. They discover two pairs of really weird, old goggles with leather straps in a dusty old trunk in the attic. Down at the lake with their goggles, the kids make magical discoveries. 

Purchase The Magic Goggles children's book.

Magic Goggles Picture Book Reading

Listen to The Magic Goggles as you view the story of Maggie and her little brother Tate as they explore the lake making new discoveries with their magic goggles. 

The Magic Goggles Reading: link to stream file

​Order Your Kit!

Fish Hotel Kits are available for purchase for $18 (includes shipping).

Fish Hotel Kit Order Form

Need Additonal Kit Materials?

Order additional kit materials, such as Fish Hotel non-fiction booklets for students, posters and more.


Fish Cards

Fish Cards are contained in a pdf file. Directions for using Fish Cards are located in the Fish Hotel Lesson Plans, Lesson 2.

Fish Hotel Lesson Plans