The CFS is proud to be be collaborating with Trout Unlimited, a cold water fisheries conservation organization, to have Clarksville Middle School participate in Trout in Classroom, a program by Trout Unlimited where students are able to class trout at school, learn about their biology, and eventually release them into a local waterway.
Above: CFS mentor and Howard County GT Resources teacher Philip Herdman receives the equipment needed for Trout in the Classroom.
The CFS will be raising the fish and will eventually release them. Students will learn about the life cycle of trout, their habitat requirements, natural diet, and the man made threats facing them. Students will undertake action projects to learn about trout and help them in their natural habitat. The trout will be raised in the media center at Clarksville Middle School (CMS), and will be going to join a small population of native Creek Chub that are currently being raised and observed by students.
Students will also be learning about the economic importance of trout fisheries, such as the businesses that thrive from a healthy population in a river. Rainbow trout eggs will arrive on Dec. 19, and will be hatched and taken care of by CMS students .
"I think this is going to be great," says teacher Philip Herdman. "We are going to have an absolute blast and a great time learning and taking care of these fish."
Special thanks goes to Alan Burrows and Bob O'Donnell as well as others at Trout Unlimited for helping make this happen!
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