Pennsylvania Trout In the Classroom (TIC) is an interdisciplinary program in which students at SCA in fourth grade and the Ecology class will learn about coldwater conservation while raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings in the school aquarium. TIC has applications in environment and ecology, science, mathematics, social studies, language and fine arts, and physical education. The program will end the year by releasing the trout into Little Shamokin Creek a state-approved trout waterway.
Pennsylvania’s statewide TIC program is made possible through a unique partnership between Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). This partnership provides curriculum resources, workshops for teachers and program partners, technical support, brook trout eggs and food, and grants.
To learn more about the PA Trout in the Classroom Program visit: http://www.patroutintheclassroom.org/
We would like to thank the members of the Raymond B. Winter Chapter of Trout Unlimited for sponsoring our program.
On November 2nd, we received 238 brook trout eggs from the PA Fish & Boat Commission. After being acclimated to our tank, we released the eggs into their new home for the next seven months. The senior ecology class and fourth grade class are working together to raise the native brook trout. Their responsibility is to monitor the growth of the eggs as they develop into sac fry for the next couple of weeks. Eventually the sac fry will develop into fry then grow into the fingerling stage. In May the remaining fingerlings will be released into Little Shamokin Creek, an approved trout stream.