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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring 2019 TIC Releases

Volunteers are needed now for the spring TIC fingerling releases.

Howard County Releases are typically held on the Middle Patuxent at Eden Brook or on the Little Patuxent at Savage Mill and are listed below. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Text him at (410) 491-8374 ASAP so he can get you on the list.

  • April 3rd, 9am-2:30pm, Eden Brook
  • April 11th,4pm-6:30pm, Eden Brook
  • April 27th,9am-noon, Eden Brook
  • May 10th,9am-2:30pm, Eden Brook
  • May 11th,9am-noon, Eden Brook
  • May 16th,8:30am-3pm, Patapsco SP - Avalon

Additional Howard County area releases from Southern Maryland Schools are listed below. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for these Southern Maryland school releases.

  • April 24th, 10am, Savage Mill, Kenmore Middle School
  • May 14th, 10am, Savage Mill, North Point High School
  • May 16th, 10am, Savage Mill, St. John the Evangelist
  • May 17th, 9am, Eden Brook, Kenilworth Elementary
  • May 24th, 9am, Eden Brook, Broadneck High School

The Montgomery County releases are listed below. All Montgomery County releases will be at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Montgomery County releases.

  • April 26th, Tacoma Park Middle School
  • April 29th, Baker Middle School
  • May 1st, need 2-3 volunteers Herbert Hoover Middle School
  • May 2nd, need 2-3 volunteers Sligo Middle School
  • May 3rd, need 1 volunteer, cooler & aertor Redland Middle School
  • May 7th, Haille Mills Middle School
  • May 8th, Haille Mills Middle School
  • May 10th, need 2 volunteers Westland Middle School
  • May 13th, need 2 volunteers Cabin John Middle School
  • May 14th, need 3 volunteers Barnesville School
  • May 15th, need 3+ volunteers Neelsville Middle School
  • May 16th, need 2 volunteers casting Kingsview Middle School
  • May 17th, need 4 volunteers Westbrook Elementary School
  • May 20th, need 4 volunteers MLK
  • May 21st, need 3 volunteers Key
  • May 22nd, need 3 volunteers Key
  • May 23rd, need 3 volunteers Key
  • May 24th, need 3 volunteers Key
  • May 28th, need 3 volunteersArgyle Middle School
  • May 29th, need 2 volunteers Julius West
  • May 30th, need 4 volunteersGaithersberg Middle School
  • May 31st, need 2 volunteersNorth Bethesda Middle School
  • June 6th, need 2 volunteers Silver Creek Middle School
  • June 7th, need 2 volunteers Forest Knolls Elementary School

Trout in the Classroom training for teachers and volunteers will take place TBD at the Robinson Nature Center in Howard County. It’s a great opportunity to help kids get involved with trout. If you are interested, please contact me or Chuck Dinkel. In December we will deliver eggs to the schools, and start the process that culminates in fish releases in April and May.

We welcome inquiries for further participation.
Contacts:
Alan Burrows
Coordinator
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Phone: (443) 610-7850

Chuck Dinkel
Coordinator
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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
410-442-2080
301-854-6060

Trout In The Classroom Instructions

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

TIC Manual