This is a cool way to motivate kids to explore their local stream ecosystem and think about how salmon or trout are connected not just to the stream and water, but all different aspects of the ecosystem.
How would you modify this activity for a trout stream where no salmon are present? Has anyone... [ READ MORE... ]
By Franklin Tate
Sometimes it is downright difficult to put something into words. Try as you might, you can’t take a personal experience and capture it in sentences or paragraphs. Language up and fails you, neglecting to convey, translate or relate.
Such was my challenge as director of TU’s... [ READ MORE... ]
Trout tanks are unique. They are extra cold, and the fish within them require that cold, cold water. So we use a chiller to keep the water down around 50 degrees or lower--much colder than any other fish tank out there.
Because of this, it is absolutely essential that all TIC tanks are insulated... [ READ MORE... ]
One of the best things about Trout in the Classroom is that creativity that teachers and students draw on to make the program a success. Each classroom has specific needs for their trout and climate, and so each classroom tries to improve the tank and tank procedures to maximize trout health.
A... [ READ MORE... ]
With the school year underway, more than 4500 classrooms across the U.S. are setting up their trout tanks and getting ready to receive their trout (or salmon) eggs. Some of the teachers and coordinators who are part of this program are also a part of the TIC/SIC National Network, hosted by TU,... [ READ MORE... ]
Just as we're starting to think about the new school year, it's fun to remember what we're aiming for by the end of a great TIC program.
This video from the Truchas Chapter of TU and NM Game and Fish shows a sunny, fun field day.
By Tom Gamper
MDTU Youth Education Coordinator
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a hands-on environmental program in which students raise Kamloops rainbow trout from eggs to fingerling, manage chilled tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study, learn to appreciate water resources, develop a... [ READ MORE... ]
It’s long been known, by those of us who work with the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program, that only the most dedicated, enthusiastic teachers become TIC teachers. We’ve also known for a long time that TIC is a great learning experience for students—it connects them to their local watershed... [ READ MORE... ]
These are just some of many quilt squares created this year for the annual Trout in the Classroom quilt project! Classes from all over the country exchanged squares with each other on the theme of "water."
The next issue of Stream Explorers magazine (volume 4, issue 4) is going to be about mountaineer culture and the southern Appalachian brook trout. You can see the sketch for the center illustration here. Our artist, Sherrie York, is currently working on the final watercolor piece! The magazine... [ READ MORE... ]