Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery has 53 ponds, each approximately in area . In addition, the facility has the Harold B. Wales Environmental Education Classroom, which is used for kindergarten through twelfth grade and for teacher workshops . The classroom seats 32 students and has 16 student grade dissecting microscopes .
The paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) is the only remaining member of the Polyodontidae family . Paddlefish are spawned and raised at Natchitoches until they are approximately six to ten inches (254 mm) in length, before they are released into the wild .
Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) are members of the sea bass family. Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery is working to restore the historical range and population levels of these fish .
The Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) is a member of the sturgeon family. The hatchery is working to develop spawning and culture techniques to raise a large number of Pallid sturgeon . Workers at the hatchery hope to raise enough of these fish to take the species off of the Endangered Species List .