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Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an award winning national signature program of Trout Unlimited.   It is integral to TU’s Headwaters Youth Program, a comprehensive introduction to trout and salmon conservation for America’s young people.

Beginning in October, with the delivery of sterilized eggs, students, from pre-K to 12th grade observe the life cycle of the trout from hatching as fry to growing into fingerlings. They carefully monitor tank water quality, clean and maintain the tank housing the fish, and eventually release these trout into state approved watershed streams from late April to early June.


For many students, trout release day is a rare chance to spend time outdoors and in nature.   TIC is adaptable so teachers can customize the program to meet curriculum needs and state learning standards as well as the students’ interests.

Some of the benefits to students from these activities are:

  • They learn about water quality issues (since trout are an “indicator” fish).

  • They gain an understanding of the trout life cycle, reproduction, and behavior.

  • They increase their awareness of the interdependence of all the factors that affect trout habitat such as stream bank erosion, severe weather, and riparian areas (the narrow strips of land adjacent to streams and rivers).

  • They are instilled with advocacy for cold water conservation that may last their lifetime.

  • They are exposed to meaningful STEM (Science, Technology, Environmental and Technology) activities.


Trout in the Classroom in New York State:

  • Pre-COVID, over 32,000 students in nearly 270 schools throughout the State participated.  The goal is resuming the TIC Program in as many schools as possible during the coming academic year and eventually exceeding the pre-COVID numbers.

  • Since its inception over 20 years ago, an estimated 300,000 or more students have participated.

  • Many schools with Trout in the Class programs have partnered with local TU chapters.  Chapter members can help with trout releases, maintenance of aquariums in the classrooms, fundraising, and recruitment of schools.    

  • The New York State Council is a staunch supporter of the Trout in the Classroom program.


For more information, visit or contact Lillit Genovesi, the Trout in the Classroom Coordinator for New York City and the Hudson Valley. 


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