Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades 3 through 12 learn about cold water conservation while raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings. CRTU is currently sponsoring the program in several area schools with more planned. Working in partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited, the program provides teachers with technical assistance, grant opportunities, Rainbow trout eggs and food, curriculum and supporting resources, and workshops. Each of the participating classrooms receives a shipment of eggs in November which are placed in an aquarium which had been set up according to required guidelines. During the next five months the students observe the various stages of the trout's life cycle and are responsible for monitoring and maintaining the environmental conditions necessary for trout survival in the aquarium. The culminating event is the release of the trout into local streams.
In 2019, Chestnut Ridge Trout Unlimited (CRTU) sponsored Trout in the Classroom (TIC) in twenty-two schools. Fayette County 2 schools, Greene County 6 schools, Washington County 7 schools and Somerset County 2 schools, by sponsoring TIC in local schools we are fulfilling our motto: Reclaiming the past, protecting the present, and preparing for the future. Chestnut Ridge resources including the expertise of over 300 members are available to Trout in the Classroom programs.
2019 Important Dates
April Grant Awardees Announced
May 22 Return Grant Signed Assurances Deadline
June 11 Past Grantee Financial Report and Receipts Due
June 23 PA Trout in the Classroom Program Registration Deadline
June 25 Trout in the Classroom Training at PFBC Benner Hatchery
June 26 Trout in the Classroom Training at PFBC Benner Hatchery
July 17 Trout in the Classroom Training at PA TIC Summit
July 17-18 PA Trout in the Classroom Summit in Harrisburg
September Grant Awardees receive grant funds and/or equipment
October - Eggs will be shipped
2020 Important Dates
January 15 Trout in the Classroom T-shirt orders due
March 15 PA Trout in the Classroom Grant Applications Due
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As of Nov 14, 2019, the trout have hatched and are growing everyday at AJ McMullen Middle School.