Trout in the Classroom

Michael Jacobs

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a conservation-oriented environmental education program that the EDTU is sponsoring at the Central Elementary School in Wilmette for the 4th grade students. During the 2008-2009 school year, students will raise trout from eggs to fry and then release them into Lake Michigan watershed. This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources. 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.

Through TIC, the 4th grade students will:

- raise trout from eggs to fry.
- monitor tank water quality.
- engage in stream habitat study.
- learn to appreciate water resources.
- begin to foster a conservation ethic.
- grow to understand ecosystems.

The students will end the year by releasing their trout at a state-approved Lake Michigan watershed location.

During the year the Central School Teachers will tailor the TIC program to fit their curricular needs. Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education. I would be happy to arrange a tour if any members are interested in seeing our TIC program at Central School.

Michael J. Jacobs
Adams Street Partners, LLC
Suite 2200
One North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-553-8486
Fax: 312-553-7891