Trout in the Classroom
Truly one of the most engaging programs in the region, Trout in the Classroom is a national program established by Trout Unlimited. It is an in-class environmental education program for elementary, middle and high school students. With a 55 gallon tank set up in the classroom, students raise trout (brook or rainbow) from eggs to fry and then release them into VDGIF approved cold water streams and lakes. The hands on approach of the program makes a profound connection with the kids.
The lessons of the program include water quality, scientific monitoring and coldwater conservation. The long-term goal is to reconnect an increasingly urbanized population of youth to the system of streams, rivers, and watersheds that sustain them. The classroom will receive the aquarium equipment in early fall, receive the eggs in October, raise the trout through the winter until they are fingerling when they will be released into a local cold water stream.
This program falls directly in line with BRDC's Mission and we aim to bring it to kids throughout the Blue Ridge. For more information about Trout in the Classroom please visit: http://www.troutintheclassroom.org
As the school year wraps up, the student's hard work as part of the Trout in the Classroom program is paying off.
Having reared brook trout fingerlings from eggs for the last 4 months, the students now feel the pride of releasing the young trout into local streams.
BRDC has been busy with education programs, working with Galax Middle School, Fries School, Fairview Elementary, Grayson Highlands, Independence Elementary.
Grayson County's fourth grade students participated in the Natural Heritage Program with an emphasis on salamanders, toads, and frogs. Students learned about salamanders commonly found in the Blue Ridge.
As part of the Trout in the Classroom program, classrooms set up 55 gallon tanks to create a suitable habitat for trout.
For four months, the 7th grade class at Grayson Highlands School have been raising trout from eggs to fry in a 50 gallon aquarium. On March 24, the students celebrated their success with the release of 80 small fry into Wallen's Creek.
In 2014 we received generous support from Grayson National Bank to expand the participation in Trout Unlimited's Trout in the Classroom program. Their support allowed us to install two more tanks: one in Mrs. Murphy's 4th grade class at Piney Creek Elementary and one at Mr. Horton's Galax High School Ag class, for a total of three 50 gallon tanks including the one managed by Mrs. Perry's 7th grade class at Grayson Highlands.
With support from Grayson National Bank, we are happy to announce that we will be bringing Trout in the Classroom to two more regional public schools! This terrific program, developed by Trout Unlimited, brings hands-on science directly to the classroom. Students raise native Brook Trout from eggs to fingerlings in a 55 gallon aquarium throughout the school year. If they are successful, they will get release them into their local VDIGF approved watershed. I know there are a bunch of kids out there looking forward to this as much as we are!
Over the past four months Mrs. Perry’s seventh grade life science students at Grayson Highlands School have been diligently raising native brook trout in their school lobby for all visitors to see. This is part of a program called “Trout in the Classroom” and revolves around the students learning about the biology and ecology of one of the most iconic species of the Blue Ridge Mountains.