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PA Trout in the Classroom Program with 4th graders releases 74 Brook trout in Hay Creek

May 01, 2018 • by Twin Valley Elementary Center
PA Trout in the Classroom

Twin Valley Elementary Center’s 4th grade classrooms participated in the Annual “Pennsylvania Trout In the Classroom” Program. Three classrooms (4th graders from Mrs. Sanger, Miss Seiple and Mrs. King’s classes) received Brook trout eggs on October 31, 2017 and released the hatchlings April 19, 2018 in Hay Creek with the assistance of the Tulpehocken Creek Trout Unlimited Chapter. This program is regulated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Pennsylvania Trout In the Classroom (TIC) is an interdisciplinary program in which students in grades 3-12 learn about coldwater conservation while raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings in a classroom aquarium. During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs. Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has applications in environment and ecology, science, mathematics, social studies, language and fine arts, and physical education. All classrooms end the year by releasing their trout into a state-approved waterway.

Pennsylvania’s statewide TIC program is made possible through a unique partnership between Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). This partnership provides curriculum resources, workshops for teachers and program partners, technical support, brook trout eggs and food, and grants.

Tulpehocken Creek Trout Unlimited Chapter Volunteers included:

Mr. Todd, Mr. (Bill) Eggleston, Ms. (Cathy) Myers

More about the importance of Brook trout (PA State Fish) http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/hunting-fishing/2013/03/31/Pennsylvania-s-fewer-native-brook-trout-signals-clean-water-and-healthy-land/stories/201303310190

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