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 A newly hatched trout  alevin  under a classroom digital projector

A newly hatched trout alevin under a classroom digital projector

From late October through May of the following year, students throughout Tompkins County and surrounding communities are raising trout, from eggs to fry, right in their classrooms! 

We guide classrooms through this whole process, starting with setting up cold-water trout aquariums, and delivering trout eggs to the class. Over the next 6 months, the students care for the trout, monitor aquarium water quality, and learn a great deal about streams!

In the spring, classes take field trips to local streams to release their trout fingerlings. Just as they have learned to care for their trout, we hope they will continue to care for their newly adopted streams.

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Project Goals

Academic Enrichment: We hope that classroom trout aquariums will provide a platform for hands-on learning that can further engage students in science, fine arts and other subject areas. 

Sustainability: We hope to equip new generations with skills and knowledge that will ensure healthy waterways and robust populations of native trout in the future.

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Sixteen Participating Schools

All 8 Ithaca City Elementary Schools, Newfield Middle School, Groton Middle School, Dryden Elementary, Lansing Elementary & High School, Trumansburg Middle School, South Seneca Elementary, Union Springs Middle School