If you are interested in implementing Trout-In-the-Classroom (TIC), please follow these steps:
STEP 1: LEARN ABOUT TIC
STEP 2: PARTNER UP
Partnerships enhance TIC programs by strengthening the community connection. Partners provide extra technical assistance, provide programming, and often expose students to local watershed projects. All classrooms are encouraged to partner with a conservation organization (Trout Unlimited chapters, watershed associations, conservation districts, etc.)
An organization or individual that actively engages TIC students in various presentations, lessons, and activities relating to the TIC program. Click here to read more about the program partner’s role in TIC.
An organization or individual that provides funding to support the TIC program in a classroom, but does not engage TIC students in other ways.
STEP 3: SECURE FUNDING
Initial program costs = $1,000-$1,500. These funds help to purchase all equipment necessary to transform a 55 gallon aquarium into a mini-coldwater ecosystem.
- The AZ Council of Trout Unlimited and chapters offer grants to teachers who would like to participate in the TIC program. This grant provides funding for equipment, curriculum enhancement materials, classroom supplies, and replacement equipment.
- There are many opportunities for funding besides a program partner or a school. There are many grants specifically available to teachers related to environmental education and conservation.
Step 4: ORDER EQUIPMENT
- A guide on how to get everything you need to set up your TIC aquarium will be provided.
- Replacement equipment costs for program continuation = $150.00 to $250.00. These funds help purchase filter sponges, filter media, water quality test kit, etc. for succeeding years.
STEP 5: REGISTER AS A TIC PARTICIPANT
- The teacher and partnering organization must collaboratively complete the online registration form for their classroom. As a TIC participant, the classroom will receive trout eggs, trout food, curriculum resources, and technical support.
STEP 6: ATTEND TIC WORKSHOP
All new TIC participants should plan to attend a TIC workshop. This workshop introduces the teachers and partners to the equipment, resources, and program activities. Click here for more information about the TIC Workshop.