New In Tennessee is Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a supplementary educational activity made possible through a partnership between the TWRA and The Friend of Dale Hollow NFH. Teachers using the program provide a unique experience for their students and effectively teach lessons in a variety of disciplines.
Raising trout is a hands-on activity that engages students and helps to connect them to real-life water quality, fish and wildlife issues and problems...and inspires them to seek solutions. Watching fish hatch from eggs and develop from fry to fingerlings generates enthusiasm among students and helps them develop caring attitudes about fish species and their habitats. This is the first step in fostering in students a sense of stewardship for the planet.
The program encompasses not only science, but also language arts, mathematics, social studies and art. The program is easily adapted to the needs and abilities of students, and geared towards middle and high school students. The TIC activity guide is correlated to the New Jersey Science Standards.
The Friends Dale Hollow NFH supplies Rainbow trout eggs from the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery at no charge to teachers who want to raise trout in their classrooms. The friends group will assist teachers throughout the year. Friends of Dale Hollow NFH will deliver eggs, provide in-class programs on topics related to trout, and can help with your release program at the end of the year.
Eggs are delivered in August, and during the course of the school year, students can observe the trout rearing process that culminates in stocking their trout into approved streams.
To get started with Trout in the Classroom for the fall, Contact the Friends group by calling the Hatchery at 931-243-2443
This program must be incorporated into mainstream school programs.