Trout in the Classroom
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a science-based Trout Unlimited initiative that equips school teachers to teach children about the importance of coldwater conservation through a hands-on approach to learning. Through the process of raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings (when they are released back into New Jersey streams), students learn about the importance of clean, cold water, not only for the brook trout they are raising, but also for the other organisms, including people.
Due to its growing popularity, TIC is managed by NJTU and New Jersey’s Division of Fish & Wildlife in cooperation with local public and private schools. The TIC program is cross-curricular and can encompass many subject areas such as science, math, art, language arts, reading, technology, music and more. While the activities associated with the program are geared towards middle school-aged students, schools from Kindergarten through college levels are using the same materials. Throughout the United States, Trout in the Classroom reaches over 40,000 students a year, connecting urban, suburban and rural students in a discovery of the importance of clean water - for insects, for trout, for people - clean water is needed by everyone!
New Jersey Trout in the Classroom sponsors an interactive website for current and prospective teachers. Our State Council site will continue to post news and other articles about New Jersey programs aimed at potential sponsors of TIC tanks.