With the over 90 locations in the Mid Atlantic raising trout in classrooms in 2016-17, we're hoping to line up an increased number of volunteers this year to support the teachers and students as they get ready to release their fingerlings into streams and rivers. It looks like there will be 20 TIC installations in Montgomery County, 20 in Frederick, 9 in Howard, 3 in Carroll, around 20 in Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford plus several in Allegany, Charles, Prince Georges and Garrett counties as well as the District of Columbia. This year we are serving elementary, middle and high schools as well as 2 college programs and we expect that more than 3,000 students will be impacted by the program. These students have received and incubated fertilized Kamloops rainbow trout eggs, hatched and raised the trout in their classroom aquariums and are now ready to release the fingerlings into local streams. Through TIC they learn to appreciate the importance of cold clean water and environmental stewardship. Volunteers are needed to take part in any or all of the following activities:
Go to the 2017 MC Release Schedule for Montgomery County. All Montgomery County releases will be at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. To assist with Howard County and Southern Maryland releases, go to The Howard County Release Schedule and/or the Southern Maryland Release Schedule. Contact Bryan Sirotkin for Howard County releases and Tim Hansen for Southern Maryland releases. See if you can volunteer for one or more of these releases. Remember, many employers permit community service time for help to programs including Trout in the Classroom. We welcome inquiries for further participation.
Thanks to everyone for all your help in making this another TIC success this year. We at DNR certainly feel that the program is extremely helpful as a way to educate the generation that will influence future decisions being made concerning natural resources. The program, as I see it, is the spark that will make the necessary impression on those students fortunate enough to have taken part. Their contributions by way of their trout production will be an added benefit to our local waters.
Charles R. Gougeon
Maryland DNR Fisheries Service
Manager of Regional Operations - Inland Fisheries
Tawes State Office Bldg., B-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
The following information is intended for those who are setting up a TIC project.