Trout in the Classroom Program

A newly hatched trout  alevin  under a classroom digital projector

A newly hatched trout alevin under a classroom digital projector

Discover Cayuga Lake is instrumental in coordinating the local chapter of the national Trout in the Classroom Program

From late October through May of the following year, students from 19 schools throughout Tompkins and surrounding counties are raising trout, from eggs to fry, right in their classrooms! 

We guide classrooms through this process, starting with the set-up of 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.

Project Goals:

Academic Enrichment: To provide a platform for hands-on learning that can further engage students in science, fine arts and other subject areas.

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