The goal of this program is to immerse third through twelfth grade students in a science- based, hands-on learning opportunity (classroom setting), with repetitive exposure to trout, their life cycle, and their effects on the ecosystem. This, in turn, will help encourage a lifelong respect for natural resources. Trout-In-the-Classroom (TIC) is a conservation-focused, natural resource/environmental education program which allows students, throughout the school year to:
- Raise trout from egg to fry.
- Monitor tank water quality.
- Learn to appreciate water resources and the importance of cold-water conservation.
- Begin to foster a conservation way of thinking.
- Begin to understand and appreciate ecosystems.
- Apply science, math standards and concepts to real-world applications.
- Potential to engage in stream and lake habitat study.
One of the many reasons for enrolling in the program is the diversity of subject matter that teachers can integrate into their lesson plans through raising trout. During the year, each teacher can tailor the program to fit his/her own curriculum needs. TIC is a cross-curricular program that can easily help teachers cover S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) as well as art, reading, language arts, social studies, and even Arizona’s history. This unique learning experience allows students the opportunity to raise, care for and maintain the trout in their classroom starting in the fall through the end of the school year. At the conclusion of the school year the trout will be picked up by TIC volunteers.
The TIC program has many interdisciplinary applications and connects all students (urban, suburban, rural) to their community by reinforcing the importance of water and wildlife conservation.
Program sponsors and support for teachers in the Arizona Trout-In-the-Classroom program is a combined effort between the Arizona Trout Unlimited Council, Arizona Chapters of Trout Unlimited, Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, Arizona Game and Fish Department and supporting volunteers.
Understanding the Time Commitment and Expectations.
Before jumping right in and beginning this unique experience, it is strongly suggested you evaluate and assess your willingness (and perhaps that of your students and/or supporters of your school), the time commitment (both inside and outside of classroom hours), paperwork, and aquarium maintenance for this program. Please take the time to read through all of the program information before applying.
Applying for Acceptance into the Program
Find out what steps need to be taken to apply for this unique, fun and rewarding learning opportunity for your students! Sign up at www.aztic.org to “Keep In Touch” for news on application filings and news on the Arizona TIC program. Information can also be found under the heading “Getting Started” and selecting “Forms”.
You’ve Been Accepted! What Are the Next Steps?
Workshop (Only for those teachers already accepted into the TIC program)
Email notification, followed by written notice, will occur within 10 days of the application deadline. After teachers have been accepted into the Arizona TIC program, they will be required to attend a mandatory workshop, introducing them to the full program. Those schools not accepted for the school year which they applied will also receive notification and will be encouraged to reapply for the next school year.
Required Permits, Paperwork and Instructions (Required for all teachers/schools with a TIC program in their classroom)
Whether it is your first-time in the program or you are a current teacher participating in the TIC program, required forms must be filled out and submitted to continue your participation and to obtain trout eggs.
Equipment and Aquarium Set Up
A very important component of the TIC program is to have quality equipment and setting it up correctly. Proper equipment and set up will minimize problems later in the program.
Obtaining Eggs for My Classroom
Once accepted into the program, Trout Unlimited will coordinate with the Arizona Game and Fish Department for trout eggs. Teachers will be receiving eyed-eggs during the fall semester of the school year.
Trout Care and Feeding Guidelines
To have a successful TIC program proper trout care is essential. Teachers are responsible for and expected to adhere to program rules and guidelines while participating in the program.
- Proper aquarium and equipment upkeep and maintenance will help minimize or prevent fish mortality during the program.
Fish Collection (end-of- school year)
Arizona law does not allow any fish to be released at any time. All surviving fish will be picked up by TIC volunteers at the conclusion of the program (end-of-the school year). A Fish Loss Report and Program Evaluation must also be completed by the teacher at the conclusion of the program.