Trout in the Classroom

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Trout in the Classroom

 Trout in the Classroom" ("TIC") is a program developed by Trout Unlimited (TU) and is available to schools nationwide under TU's mission of “conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds." TIC is a conservation/environmental education program in which students in grades k-12:

  • raise trout from eggs to fingerling fry
  • monitor and ensure tank water quality
  • engage in stream habitat study
  • learn to appreciate water resources
  • begin to foster a conservation ethic, and grow in knowledge to understand ecosystems.

Each class begins caring for the eggs they receive from the SCDNR in a refrigerated, aerated, filtered and temperature controlled aquarium. As the eggs grow through the various stages of development, the students’ role is a “hands on” learning experience. Students are responsible for:

  • feeding the fish
  • testing and maintaining the water quality for the fish to grow
  • charting the growth and mortality of the fish
  • examining the various conditions needed in the environment to support cold water fish populations.

They also learn how cold water wildlife, such as trout, are one of the indicators of the health and water quality of a local environment. The students also learn about what fish eat in streams, how to safely transport the fish to the release site, and how to store the aquarium equipment for use again next year.

This school year, MBTU is sponsoring ten (10) Trout in the Classroom (TIC) programs in Greenville County Schools. In this program, MBTU furnishes oversight, the equipment (i.e., aquarium, chiller, aerator, water pump, filters, piping, etc.) and food, and the SCDNR provides 100 trout eggs and teacher instruction for school children to raise trout from eggs to fingerling trout. The trout are then released by the children during a field trip at Table Rock State Park.

The schools participating this year are:

  • A.J. Whittenberg Middle School
  • Grove Elementary School
  • Christ Church Episcopal Middle School
  • Green Charter Middle School
  • Slater-Marietta Elementary School
  • Sterling Middle School
  • Plain Elementary School
  • Tanglewood Middle
  • Travelers Rest High School
  • Sevier Middle School

MBTU member Gary Davis heads up this program for the chapter, with significant help from members Tom Buto and Mike Blair. For the past three years, Fluor Corporation has provided significant grant funding to add many of these schools to our program.

 

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