The New York Trout in the Classroom program is a conservation-oriented environmental education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Trout in the Classroom fosters a sensitivity about the importance of our shared water resources by engaging students on both ends of the water tunnel in incubating trout eggs and raising trout from eggs to fingerlings. New York City and watershed students closely monitor water temperature, water clarity, dissolved oxygen, ammonia levels and pH to ensure the survival of their trout.
Beyond an academic understanding, students grow to love and care for their trout. As the program progresses, students learn to see connections between trout, water resources, the environment and themselves. They also study the nearby forest habitat.
This coming spring, students will gather together at watershed streams, as they have done for the last twelve years, to release their trout after a school year filled with lessons about watersheds, the source of their drinking water and the need to work together to protect water quality.