The goal of this program is to immerse third through twelfth grade students in a science- based, hands-on learning opportunity (classroom setting), with repetitive exposure to trout, their life cycle, and their effects on the ecosystem. This, in turn, will help encourage a lifelong respect for natural resources. Trout-In-the-Classroom (TIC) is a conservation-focused, natural resource/environmental education program which allows students, throughout the school year to:
- Raise trout from egg to fry.
- Monitor tank water quality.
- Learn to appreciate water resources and the importance of cold-water conservation.
- Begin to foster a conservation way of thinking.
- Begin to understand and appreciate ecosystems.
- Apply science, math standards and concepts to real-world applications.
- Potential to engage in stream and lake habitat study.
One of the many reasons for enrolling in the program is the diversity of subject matter that teachers can integrate into their lesson plans through raising trout. During the year, each teacher can tailor the program to fit his/her own curriculum needs. TIC is a cross-curricular program that can easily help teachers cover S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) as well as art, reading, language arts, social studies, and even Arizona’s history. This unique learning experience allows students the opportunity to raise, care for and maintain the trout in their classroom starting in the fall through the end of the school year. At the conclusion of the school year the trout will be picked up by TIC volunteers.
The TIC program has many interdisciplinary applications and connects all students (urban, suburban, rural) to their community by reinforcing the importance of water and wildlife conservation.
Program sponsors and support for teachers in the Arizona Trout-In-the-Classroom program is a combined effort between the Arizona Trout Unlimited Council, Arizona Chapters of Trout Unlimited, Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, Arizona Game and Fish Department and supporting volunteers.