The Massanutten Chapter of Trout Unlimited is dedicated to providing a meaningful watershed experience for our local youth. Each year, our chapter provides matching grants to area schools. Your donation can help us reach our continued goal of providing grants to our local elementary, middle and high schools. If you are interested in donating, please contact Bill Carrtwright at email@example.com.
Currently, our chapter sponsors 13 tanks in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area: Skyline Middle School, Eastern Mennonite Middle School, Elkton Elementary School, John Wayland Elementary School, South River Elementary School, Linville-Edom Elementary School, Elkton Middle School, Wilbur Pence Middle School, Montevideo Middle School, Broadway High School, Turner Ashby High School and Spotswood High School.
Jeff Peake, a teacher in Harrisonburg City Public Schools and current Mass TU Board Member, coordinates our chapter's TIC tanks. For more information about TIC in the Massanutten TU area, please contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a conservation-oriented environmental education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs. Therefore, each TIC program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.
In the program, students and teachers raise trout from fertilized eggs supplied by VGIF hatcheries, in aquariums equipped with special chillers designed to keep the water near 50 degrees F. The students make daily temperature measurements, and monitor pH and ammonia levels with test kits. They record their data, plot trends, and make sure that the water quality is sufficient to support trout development. The fingerlings, which hatch in late October, are almost an inch and a half long by mid-January. And towards the end of the school year, students will release the fry into VGIF approved watersheds.
TIC programs have been in place all across the country for more than 20 years, and are the result of numerous collaborations between teachers, volunteers, government agencies, and local organizations like Trout Unlimited. The programs were designed specifically for teachers who wanted to incorporate more environmental education into their curriculum.
While the immediate goal of Trout in the Classroom is to increase student knowledge of water quality and coldwater conservation, its long-term goal is to reconnect an increasingly urbanized population of youth to the system of streams, rivers, and watersheds that sustain them. Successful programs have helped:
o connect students to their local environments and their local watersheds;
o teach about watershed health and water quality, and;
o get students to care about fish and the environment.
Thanks to grants and chapter fund raising efforts, we now have over 150 classrooms throughout the state, ranging from elementary school through high school.
For more information on Massanutten TU's Trout in the Classroom programs, contact Jeff Peake at email@example.com, or visit the VCTU website
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