Trout in the Classroom

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what is it?

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

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Coming to a classroom near you!

Interested in bringing a TIC tank to your local school?  Are you a teacher looking for a great way to engage your students in a fun, hands-on learning project?

There are currently 12 TIC sites in Colorado, most of them in the Front Range.  Due to the important effort of Colorado Parks and Wildlife to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases in our rivers, the location and release sites of TIC programs are limited.  For more information about the program and so see if a TIC tank is right for your classroom, please contact Dan Omasta (