Brook Trout at Valley School
For the first time in school history, Valley School students will care for and raise brook trout in the Lower School science classroom. Each student will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from the brook trout as they grow and are eventually released into our own ponds and stream. The program is tied to a statewide initiative called Trout in the Classroom. Valley School students are connected to a network of schools, volunteers, and professionals all interested in learning about and educating others about brook trout and the conservation of their habitat. We are fortunate to reside next to a high quality stream that holds a beautiful population of brook trout. This program is an outstanding way to connect the concepts we learn in the classroom each day with a real life experience happening right outside our windows.
What is Trout in the Classroom?
Pennsylvania Trout In the Classroom (TIC) is an interdisciplinary program in which students in grades 3-12 learn about coldwater conservation while raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings in a classroom aquarium. During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs. Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has applications in environment and ecology, science, mathematics, social studies, language and fine arts, and physical education. All classrooms end the year by releasing their trout into a state-approved waterway.
Pennsylvania's statewide TIC program is made possible through a unique partnership between Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). This partnership provides curriculum resources, workshops for teachers and program partners, technical support, brook trout eggs and food, and grants.