Trout in the Classroom

     Does anyone in our community have experience with Trout in the Classroom (TIC)? It sounds like a great way to get kids involved in coldwater conservation, but i've heard a lot of negative reports concerning the cost in time and money. Ive been looking for ways to increase the long-term effectiveness of our chapter's youth outreach projects, and TIC seems ideal. If anyone has advice on "best practice"s or how to sell this to school boards and PTCO's, I'd really appreciate it.

Rudy C Schreider III

President, Cherry Creek Anglers

Parker, CO

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said on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Rudy,

 

I am not near your community but I started up a TIC project this year at the school I work at.  I was able to secure donations from two local TU chapters to cover the cost of the equipment, which is about $1000.  Most of that cost is the chiller.  There are great resources on the web for set up and monitoring.

It does take time but that is kind of the point, it gives kids a hands on reason to sample water and have some stock in keeping the fish healthy and alive.

 

I suggest you see if you can get some grants and order your kit from the suggested store on the TIC page.  You would have to find a place to get eggs.  We actually were given ours by the DNR after the students watched the milting process of wild browns.

Hope this points you in the right direction.

Kurt

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said on Friday, May 12th, 2017

Rudy et al,

Costs: The initial year is the most expensive one. The costs involve purchasing the equipment and to establish the program. The following years; the cost amounts replace supplies, fish food for the year and replacing/adding any of the equipment. Time: The TIC program does require some time to manage and support. First and foremost is the school selects the lead teacher to manage the TIC program. Volunteer/s service by a local Trout Unlimited is needed. The TU volunteer/s should knowledgeable of Trout and the needs of nurturing them from eggs to the day of releasing the trout fry in a local stream. The period of time is usually 180 days. There is public website to support the TIC program: (http://www.troutintheclassroom.org/) Most teachers use this site to create their lesion plans to inform their students. The ROI: Yes, the TIC programs does require both a financial investment as it requires an additional amount of human engery from the teacher and the volunteers. The most valuable rewards are the benefits the students gain and take away is the knowledge and appreciation of clean water, the life cycle of the trout species and the management and care of the trout life cycle. The students learn to conduct and log daily water testing to assess the conditions of the water. They make corrections chemicals to normalize the trout’s living environment. During the process the students with the aid of their teacher learn to manage the project and take ownership. They learn about ecology, chemistry, water quality, care and maintenance of the project. Now, the ROI! These students are learning a life skill that is theirs for the rest of their lives. In today’s climate of bad attitudes, crime and abuse these children are becoming a valuable citizen and the adults of tomorrow. The students get it! They see the benefits immediately. If this isn’t a ROI, I failed understand why more TU members aren’t working with your local schools about starting a TIC program for the next school year. Funding: The ENCTU TIC Program has been funded by business and corporate gifts. I encourage each of you to review the resources provided in the website. Start your planning now and find schools and sponsors.

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