Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program that was started over 20 years ago in which students raise trout from eggs to fry, monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study, and learn to appreciate water resources as a means to foster a conservation ethic. BRDC provides the supplies, education and support for this program to teachers and students from tank set-up to fingerling release.
The program begins in October with tank set-up and the life cycle of our native brook trout. In creating a cold water habitat within a 55 gallon tank, the students learn aquaculture through rigorous water testing and the proper balance of bacteria and nutrients. Through the winter, the eggs that are delivered in November transform from alevin to fry. By spring, they have become fingerling trout. May sends us to the stream for habitat study and the release of those trout.
Release day is a big deal for students as they set free nearly 100 tiny brook trout after watching and caring for them over the span of an entire school year. This program emphasizes the importance of our watershed and our mission to inspire stewardship in our youth. Congratulations to Ms. Tignor’s 7th grade Explorer class for a job well done!