Raising trout from eggs to fry in the classroom is a fabulous way for students to observe and study the life cycle of vertebrates and simultaneously learn about threatened species in local watersheds. Many states have programs where teachers and students raise trout in their classrooms in partnership with the Department of Fish and Wildlife for later release into a designated lake, creek or river. Described here is information for teachers on how to partner with state agencies, fish hatcheries, and local fly-fisher groups to raise rainbow trout in the classroom. A worksheet for the trout release field trip is provided. Best of all, many Trout in the Classroom Programs are fully supported by local fly-fisher groups and the California Department of Fish and Game (such as the California program that I participated in), and thus there is no materials cost to the teacher beyond the costs of organizing the trout release field trip at the end of the project.
FIsh Release: Atlantic salmon release in New Hampshire. Image contributed by the National Conservation Training Center.Objectives
Can observe and document the stages of a trout’s life cycle from egg to fry.
Can describe the environmental conditions needed for trout survival in the classroom and in local habitats.
Steelhead/rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)