Project – March 11, 2008
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students grades K-12 raise trout from eggs to fry, monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat studies and learn to appreciate water resources among many things.
Most programs end the year by releasing their trout in a state-approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed. An interactive watershed model is used to help explain what is meant by the term “watershed”. “Then, we hope participant youth can go back home and educate their parents,” say Mehmet McMillan, Director of WildPlaces.
While the immediate goal of Trout in the Classroom is to increase student knowledge of water quality and coldwater conservation, its long-term goal is to reconnect an increasingly urbanized population of youth to the system of streams, rivers, and watersheds that sustain them. Restocking or reestablishing trout populations in is NOT a goal of this program.
U.S.F.S., Kaweah Fly Fishers, Springville School and WildPlaces have reached 100’s of youth since the creation of the project 3 years ago by Robin Galloway, Wildlife Biologist, U.S.F.S. In creating and organizing this effort, leaders in the community like Robin Galloway are making a huge difference.
River Ridge Ranch on the North Fork of the Tule River.