Students, whose teachers sign up for Trout In The Classroom, become "foster parents" to about 30 rainbow trout, which they receive in the eyed-egg stage. The students are responsible for raising their brood to fry or fingerling size.
As the fish are growing, Salmon Enhancement staff or volunteers visit the classrooms, teaching about salmonid life-cycles and the importance of a healthy watershed for human and animal habitats. Presentations include Salmon and Steelhead Lifecycle, We All Live in a Watershed, the use of GPS for watershed restoration, and the importance of water quality by analyzing water content and macro-invertebrates.
After 2 to 3 months of being foster parents, the students are treated to a field trip at a local land-locked lake, where they release their fish into the wild. This is the students' final farewell to their newly appreciated natural heritage.
Studies show that children actively involved in learning about their environment are more apt to retain that awareness throughout their lives and feel more responsible for its condition; the exact mission of Trout In The Classroom. Watch this video from the Department of Fish and Game, our partner in this project, for more about Trout in the Classroom.