Trout in the classroom
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) - ia a nationwide Trout Unlimited Program that provides environmental and fish biology education for students from kindergarten through high school.
Some of the features of the program are....
raise trout from eggs to fry Dave Trusdale packing eggs
monitor tank water quality
engage in stream habitat study
learn to appreciate water resources
foster a conservation ethic, and
grow to understand ecosystems
Our chapter sponsors and assists four teachers in local area schools. Our coordinator is Mr. Dave Trusedale.
Dave volunteers for this program and coordinates it for the Chapter.
He will be working with our newest TIC teacher, Allison D’Ambrosia at Bellefonte Middle School. Dave will work with Allison and other teachers to bring the conservation message to the classroom. Our more seasoned TIC teachers include Jessica Martin at the Penns Valley Middle School, Nick Reitz at Park Forest Elementary School in State Collee, and Jade Thompson at Bald Eagle High School. We are grateful for their support for the future of all of the watersheds in the Central Pennsylvania Area.
These teachers maintain a coldwater aquarium in their classroom and raise brook trout from eggs, sent to them by the PA Fish & Boat Commission.
In the Fall, Trout Unlimited chapter members assist the Benner Springs Fish & Boat facility, in the packaging of the fish food and eggs. The teachers are provided with lesson plans for teaching their students the basics of coldwater conservation. A highlight of the year is in June when the brook trout fry are released by the students into an approved stream as you can see. And they love to learn about the fish habits, aquatic insects, and all of the efforts are worth it when you see their faces.
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