What is Trout in the Classroom?
Teaching Hands-On Conservation By Connecting Students To Their Watersheds
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a program that offers students of all grade levels a chance to raise trout in a classroom setting. The environmental education program provides students in grades 4 – 12 hands-on experience in:
- raising trout from eggs to fry
- monitoring tank water quality
- engaging in stream habitat studies
- learning to appreciate water resources
- beginning to foster a conservation ethic
- growing an understanding of ecosystems
During the school year, each teacher can tailor the program to fit their needs. Each program is unique and has interdisciplinary applications for STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art and Math) which can support mandated education requirements.
Why participate in TIC?
TIC brings nature into the classroom, it allows students to develop a personal bond with the natural world and a sense of conservation ethics that are at the core of Trout Unlimited’s mission (www.tu.org). Youth and young anglers better understand the value of their local waters and fisheries when they have seen the trout lifecycle up close and personal in this way. For this reason, Trout Unlimited staff and volunteers in 35 states are involved in more than 5,000 classroom programs in the United States.
- In the past 20 years, time spent playing outside has been cut in half
- Time spent by youth per day looking at a screen (internet, video games, phone and TV): Children: 7 ½ hours — Teenagers: 9 hours
- 2014 – 2015 school year: Three (3) Arizona schools participated
- Most recent school year: 37 Arizona schools participated
- Estimated 4,000 students participated in the program in the last year held
- Additional 10,000 people connected through parents, school administrators, and others
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