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Trout In The Classroom

With the over 90 locations signed up for 2017-18, we're hoping to line up an increased number of volunteers this year to support the institutions that will have in the Classroom programs. It looks like there will be 21 TIC installations in Montgomery County, 20 in Frederick, 8 in Howard, 5 in Carroll, around 14 in Baltimore, and the rest in Anne Arundel, Harford, Washingtion, 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 receive and incubate fertilized Kamloops rainbow trout eggs, hatch and raise the trout in their classroom aquariums and then 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:

  • Get free training in how to set up and maintain a school aquarium, raise trout and keep them healthy
  • Deliver trout eggs and trout food to all TIC schools in December
  • Help mainly first-time TIC teachers in case of hatchling-threatening emergencies during the school year
  • Occasionally visit local TIC schools to interact with teachers and students about topics such as coldwater conservation and watershed issues, trout life and angling
  • Join student field trips in the spring to release TIC fingerlings, mainly by demonstrating fly tying, giving basic casting instruction and helping students seine the streams to identify bugs and critters the trout will feed on. These field trips are Monday through Friday and typically 9 AM - 1 PM. Remember, many employers permit community service time for help to programs including Trout in the Classroom.

To volunteer, please send relevant info to Alan Burrows: aburrows53@gmail.com

To register for the 2018 workshop, please go to:

We welcome inquiries for further participation.

Alan Burrows
Phone: (443) 610-7850

Chuck Dinkel
Phone: (301) 831-3637

The Following Message Was Received From the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources

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

Trout In The Classroom Instructions.

The following information is intended for those who are setting up a TIC project.

TIC Manual

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Contact us at mail@pptu.org

This document last modified 02/05/18