Trout in the Classroom (TIC)

What is trout in the classroom?

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a conservation-oriented, environmental education program for elementary, middle and high school students. Throughout the school year, students: 

  • Raise trout from eggs to fry; 

  • Monitor tank water quality; 

  • Engage in stream habitat study; 

  • Learn to appreciate water resources; 

  • Begin to foster a conservation ethic; and 

  • Grow to understand ecosystems. 

Most programs end the year by releasing their trout in a state-approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed. 

During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs. Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts and physical education. 


Interested in Bringing TIC to your Classroom?

If you are interested in bringing TIC to your school, read our information packet linked below and complete the questionnaire listed below. If you have any further questions, please contact Bianca McGrath-Martinez at
Below, you will find information about a TIC Workshop taking place Monday, August 12th in Littleton. This workshop is a great way to learn about the program and it is free of charge!

Trout in the Classroom Program Manual

Note: Do not download. Access this document via this page because the manual is going to be consistently updating and changing. You will be notified of any significant changes to the program/process.

Table of Contents:

-What is Colorado Trout Unlimited?
-What is Trout in the Classroom?
-Objectives and Model of TIC
-Roles & Responsibilities
-Teacher Information: Teacher Timeline, Important Contacts, Ordering Equipment, Equipment List, Equipment Set-up, Start Up Timeline, Ordering Eggs/Food, Egg Maintenance, Trout and Tank Care, Feeding Guidelines, Vacation Planning, Ammonia and Trout, Chiller Maintenance, Filter Cleaning, Nitrogen Cycle, Dissolved Oxygen, Water Hardness, Sampling/Testing, Trout Release/Alternate Options, End of Year Clean Up, FAQs, Lesson Plans, Complementary Programs, Web Resources, Library, State Resources, Potential Funders
-Chapter Information: Chapter Timeline, How to Support a TIC Program, Program Resources

If you have any questions or need more information about the program, please contact Bianca McGrath-Martinez (