Trout in the Classroom

GMCG will be doing another Season of Raising Trout in the Classroom!

Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) is beginning a new season of Trout in the Classroom (TIC) with  local schools participating.   Trout are indicator species and their abundance directly reflects the quality of water in which they live.  TIC teaches our students how to raise trout from eggs to fry, monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat studies and appreciate water resources.

Trout Fry

Trout Fry

This year, Elementary Schools in the Ossipee Watershed will each receive about 200 Eastern brook trout eggs to nurture and raise in the classroom.  In 2014 we had two new classes join our Trout family from Conway with two classes, two tanks and 400 eggs to raise and release! The trout eggs are picked up from NH Fish and Game’s Powder Mill Hatchery in New Durham and delivered to the various schools.  While the eggs are growing into fingerlings, these schools will share their scientific discoveries on a kid’s blog where GMCG staff can interact. TIC compliments the work that many of the schools do with VBAP (Volunteer Biological Assessment Program) in the fall which helps determine where the water quality parameters are suitable for their survival.  Once their fingerlings are ready for release a few months later, the students take a field trip to the river and get to experience the excitement of watching the trout they so carefully raised swim off to start their new life in the clean, healthy water body that they have learned about.  The locations are approved by NH Fish & Game from the data the schools collected earlier.

This program is made possible by Trout Unlimited, Pequwaket Foundation, Quimby Foundation and NH Fish and Game.   Like Green Mountain Conservation Group  on Facebook for updates on TIC as well as other programs and events happening in your watershed or visit gmcg.org!

Releasing the Trout Fry

Releasing the Trout Fry

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Trout Eggs from the Fisheries are delivered by GMCG to schools in the Ossipee Watershed.

Trout Eggs from the Fisheries are delivered by GMCG to schools in the Ossipee Watershed.

 

Trout Fish Fry in the Chiller Aquarium

Trout Fish Fry in the Chiller Aquarium