We are excited to be a participant in this year’s Trout In the Classroom Program! This special opportunity is run by Trout Unlimited, an organization whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
Through Trout In the Classroom (TIC), students in PK-6th grade are able to:
• Raise trout from eggs to fry
• Monitor tank water quality
• Engage in stream habitat study
• Learn to appreciate water resources
• Begin to foster a conservation ethic
• Grow to understand ecosystems
To learn more about the program overall, enjoy this short video.
Since picking up the trout eggs at the workshop in early October, all children have been studying photographs and videos of our developing trout. In the eyed egg, embryo and alevin stages, the tank must remain covered and dark. Soon, we will be ready to remove the front covering to get a good look at our fingerlings. The fingerlings will grow over the course of the school year, and all students will continue to monitor their development, learn the stages of the trout life cycle, and grow to appreciate and respect conservation efforts in our area.
Additionally, our older students in Grade 4 will test and make adjustments to the water in the tank, and participate in the trout release process in the spring. In years to come, this will be a special experience will be reserved for 4th graders, as our eldest Lower School students.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about this unique educational opportunity, and I invite you to stop by the lab before or after school to meet the trout in person!
Jennifer Lees, MSEd
Science & STEAM Coordinator
Top photo credit: http://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/brook-trout/index.aspx