Moon Area Middle School (MAMS) Trout in the Classroom students attended the fourth annual Trout Release Day, on Monday, May 8, 2017.
Eighth grade science teacher, Frank Todd, runs the Trout in the Classroom program throughout the school year for eighth grade students. Students visit his classroom twice a week during lunch periods to participate in the extra-curricular activity.
The program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and students raise Brook Trout throughout the year and learn about water quality testing.
Sean Brady, director of the Hollow Oak Land Trust (HOLT) and the community partner for the program, helped to facilitate some of the activities that took place on Monday.
First, students released the trout in the local Meeks Run. Students then performed water quality tests and stream measurements to check pH and nitrate levels as well as stream velocity to see how their tank water compared to the trout’s natural environment.
The group also planted trees along the HOLT trails and identified macroinvertebrates.
Representatives from Orvis, a leading company in the fly-fishing industry, gave a fly-casting demonstration to the students before fly-fishing on the Montour Run stream.
Mr. Todd's participation in the Trout In the Classroom program was made possible through a unique partnership between PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Council of Trout Unlimited. This partnership, coupled with assistance from local conservation organizations, was created to introduce Pennsylvania students to cold-water resources and their importance to all communities. The partnership also provides brook trout eggs, trout food, technical assistance, curriculum connections and teacher workshops each year.
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