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.
2023 Release Schedules mid April through the mid June
TIC desperately needs your help to successfully do these releases field days and complete the program for almost 1000 students who are the future of our chapter and organization. PPTU supports Trout in the Classroom (TIC) in Montgomery County (12 schools) Howard County (5 Schools) and one school each in Charles County, Anne Arundel County and Prince Georges County. A total of twenty schools with some having multiple release events. That means 40 – 60 volunteer assignments that need to be filled. Each of the releases will have a seasoned coordinator at the release so if you are a first time volunteer you won’t be thrown to the wolves. The releases start at about 9 am and last until 1 pm. Go to the Google Calendar called "MCPS TIC Release" to see the actual release dates. To read more about the release activities, reference the TIC Needs You! article by Alan Burrows on Page 3 of the March 2023 Conservationist.
- Montgomery County Schools meet at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. Go to the Google Calendar for release dates. Contact Alan Burrows at
- Howard County School releases are at the Middle Patuxent at Eden Brook Drive in Columbia, MD. Southern Maryland will use either the Little Patuxent at Savage Mill or the Middle Patuxent. Contact Bryan Sirotkin at
To volunteer, please send relevant info to Alan Burrows:
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.
Phone: (443) 610-7850
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.