Twin Valley Elementary students released brook trout fingerlings on April 28, at 5 p.m.,
The students have been raising the brook trout fingerlings as part of the Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program. The Tulpehocken Branch of Trout Unlimited partnered with TVEC to implement this program in 4th grade, and helped to release the fingerlings in the Hay Creek. This is the end of a year-long adventure for the students, who have been raising the trout from eggs as part of the TIC program.
TIC is an interdisciplinary program that introduces cold-water conservation education in Pennsylvania schools by raising brook trout, a native cold-water species, from eggs to fingerlings. Throughout the year, the students have monitored and recorded aquarium water quality and trout behavior. The program exists statewide due to a partnership between the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), with the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. TVEC students cared for the trout on a daily basis, while their teachers, Mrs. Susan Sanger and Mr. Barry Llewellyn, incorporated cold-water education lessons into the classroom.
The program is designed to foster awareness and knowledge about cold-water conservation for students in grades 3 – 12 and to encourage continued participation in cold-water conservation, management and recreation programs. This program was made possible by a grant from the Tulpehocken Branch of Trout Unlimited, and TVEC received their support throughout the entire program.