Students in Mr. Todd’s 8th grade Trout in the Classroom Club partook in the fifth annual Trout Release Day activities on Monday, May 14, 2018.
Students released the trout they raised since November into Meeks Run, which runs through the Hollow Oak Land Trust (HOLT) Nature Reserve.
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.
After releasing the trout, 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.
In the afternoon, the students had an opportunity to learn how to fly cast and try their hand at fly fishing with instruction provided by an Orvis representative. The Trout in the Classroom program would like to thank Sean Brady and Emily Green from HOLT and Sam Presutti from Orvis for making this day possible.
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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.