Trout in the Classroom
Trout in the Classroom is a Trout Unlimited program in which TU members work with classrooms to raise trout.
Students in the program learn:
- Fish biology
- Water chemistry
- Stream ecology
- Coldwater conservation
Currently Shenandoah Valley Trout Unlimited oversees 17 tanks in the area. Each classroom has a 50 gallon tank, a chiller to keep the water at the cool 55 degrees trout love, a tank thermometer, and a bubbler to oxygenate the water.
TU chapters work with teachers and generous donors to raise funds for each program (around $1000 per tank). Classrooms receive eggs from VDGIF usually in October, and the fish grow to be about 3 inches long by May, when the children release them into VDGIF-approved waterways.
If you’d like to start a TIC program in your school, click here. Find more information about Trout in the Classroom, including technical information and teaching resources, visit the national Trout in the Classroom website.