Trout In The Classroom

With the over 100 locations signed up for 2019-20, we're hoping to line up an increased number of volunteers this year to support the institutions that will have in the Classroom programs. It looks like there will be installations in Montgomery, Frederick, Howard, Carroll, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford, Washingtion, Allegany, Charles, Prince Georges and Garrett counties as well as the District of Columbia. This year we are serving elementary, middle and high schools as well as 2 college programs and we expect that more than 4,000 students will receive and incubate fertilized Kamloops rainbow trout eggs, hatch and raise the trout in their classroom aquariums and then release the fingerlings into local streams. Through TIC they learn to appreciate the importance of cold clean water and environmental stewardship. Volunteers are needed to take part in any or all of the following activities:

  • Get free training in how to set up and maintain a school aquarium, raise trout and keep them healthy
  • Deliver trout eggs and trout food to all TIC schools in December
  • Help mainly first-time TIC teachers in case of hatchling-threatening emergencies during the school year
  • Occasionally visit local TIC schools to interact with teachers and students about topics such as coldwater conservation and watershed issues, trout life and angling
  • Join student field trips in the spring to release TIC fingerlings, mainly by demonstrating fly tying, giving basic casting instruction and helping students seine the streams to identify bugs and critters the trout will feed on. These field trips are Monday through Friday and typically 9 AM - 1 PM. Remember, many employers permit community service time for help to programs including Trout in the Classroom.

To volunteer, please send relevant info to Alan Burrows: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trout in the Classroom training for teachers and volunteers will take place TBD at the Robinson Nature Center in Howard County. It’s a great opportunity to help kids get involved with trout. If you are interested, please contact me or Chuck Dinkel. In December we will deliver eggs to the schools, and start the process that culminates in fish releases in April and May.

We welcome inquiries for further participation.
Alan Burrows
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Phone: (443) 610-7850

Chuck Dinkel
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Phone: (301) 831-3637

The Following Message Was Received From the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources

Thanks to everyone for all your help in making this another TIC success this year. We at DNR certainly feel that the program is extremely helpful as a way to educate the generation that will influence future decisions being made concerning natural resources. The program, as I see it, is the spark that will make the necessary impression on those students fortunate enough to have taken part. Their contributions by way of their trout production will be an added benefit to our local waters.

Charles R. Gougeon
Maryland DNR Fisheries Service
Manager of Regional Operations - Inland Fisheries
Tawes State Office Bldg., B-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Trout In The Classroom Instructions

The following information is intended for those who are setting up a TIC project.

TIC Manual