The 2016 TFF sponsored Trout in the Classroom project got off to a flying start in late January and early February with the arrival of approximately 500 rainbow trout eggs for our Houston high school classrooms. This year we added a 5th tank to the program and so now we have systems up and running in science class rooms in Seven Meadows HS, Mayde Creek HS and two in Katy HS in Katy ISD and now one new tank in Cypress Lakes HS in Cy-Fair ISD. The trout eggs have now almost completed hatching and I will be updating everyone on their progress as we go.
The Trout in the Classroom project is a Trout Unlimited outreach project designed to help foster children’s interest in coldwater conservation issues, aquatic ecology, fish biology and hopefully in fly fishing too. Each year TFF has donated the funds to buy a full tank set up for a Houston classroom and the Guadalupe River chapter of TU has provided the trout eggs. The students raise the eggs up to fingerlings and then each spring we release them into the managed trout fishery section of the Guadalupe below Canyon Lake. GRTU coordinates several Trout in the Classroom projects over the south Texas and Hill Country areas, of which the TFF sponsored program is the largest. If anyone wants more details on the program they can be found at http://www.troutintheclassroom.org/