Trout in the Classroom

 

 

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Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12 learn to:

 

  • Raise trout from eggs to fingerling-size.
  • Monitor tank water quality and correct toxic conditions.
  • Engage in stream habitat study.
  • Learn to appreciate water resources.
  • Begin to foster a conservation ethic.
  • Grow to understand ecosystems.

 

Each program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.

 

The Georgia Council and your local chapter of Trout Unlimited, The Upper Chattahoochee Chapter Trout Unlimited (UCCTU), sponsor Trout in the Classroom for local schools in the chapter’s region. For new schools, the Georgia Council and local chapter pay for two thirds of the cost of new equipment, various supplies, fish eggs and food. Included in the equipment beginning this year is a 90 gallon aquarium. In subsequent years schools pay only a nominal cost for food while the chapter continues to supply and deliver the eggs. The chapter provides technical assistance upon request and obtains the necessary permits from the State and Park Service for the release of wild fish into the Chattahoochee River.

 

We currently have ten schools in the Atlanta metro area participating in our TIC program. Each school receives their eggs in October and they begin hatching in about a week. After much care and learning, students participate in a release event held in the spring at the National Recreation Area, Jones Bridge Unit, Chattahoochee river. About 200 fingerling-size rainbow trout are released by each group. The trout population is helped, but more importantly, students learn about the importance of a healthy ecosystem needed to support trout in our coldwater streams.

 

UCCTU conducts many related activities at each release event to reinforce learning for students. Our volunteer members discuss stream conservation techniques, history of the Chattahoochee River, examples of healthy/unhealthy streams, water quality testing techniques, insects typically eaten by trout and flies that imulate them and how to rig a fly rod. A casting demonstration is held so each student can learn the basics of casting with a fly rod.

 

Additional information on TIC is available at: www.troutintheclassroom.org

 

For photos from releases in 2018 see TIC 2018 and the Photo Gallery and also click on the WSB news story.