Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12:
- 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.
Currently the Little River Chapter is sponsoring four TIC programs in local schools. For each school, we have purchased 55 gallon aquarium kits, complete with water chillers. The funding for all four of the programs came entirely from Troutfest (Steve Moore Youth Education Fund). Each TIC system costs approximately $1400. Once the students have raised the trout fry from eggs, they release their trout in a state-approved stream. Our TU Chapter Coordinators assist the teachers in set-up, troubleshooting and release events.
During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs. Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.
Trout-in-the-Classroom is a Trout Unlimited sponsored program.
“For many years, I had tossed around the idea of having the children in our school raise fish to release into Little River. I had shared the idea with others from time to time, but I never expected to have this opportunity.
Raising the fish in our school has been a powerful experience. Gaining an understanding of the specific requirements those little beings would need to survive, and the initial preparation for their arrival left me feeling daunted at first.
(The children were only eager.) We learned about the changes that were occurring as our fish developed. As time passed, I was surprised at how much pleasure we would all gain by simply observing the eggs, noticing the parr marks and lateral lines on the fish, or watching the interactions of the fish as they grew.
I was apprehensive about allowing the children to take on the various elements of care for the tank as well. But in doing so, I believe they developed a shared feeling of responsibility for the well-being of these fish. These children will forever care for Little River as the home of “their” fish.
The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students checked the temperature, equipment functionality, water clarity, water level, pH, ammonia levels, nitrite levels, and nitrate levels. (The last two tests didn’t change until the very last, but the tests provided more “jobs”.)… They also fed the fish, monitored mortality counts, removed dead eggs and fish, and they assisted with water changes. Thank you again for giving these experiences to these children.
Sincerely, Julia Ross”