By Ray Kucharski
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) comes to Waterville Valley Elementary School (WVES). The TIC program is part of the NH Fish and Game Department Watershed Education Program (WEP) and is supported by the Margret and H. A. Rey Center and the Pemigewasset Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU).
WVES students in grades K-12 raise trout from eggs to fry, monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study, and foster an understanding of ecosystems and watersheds. Each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education. Students end the year by releasing their trout in a state-approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed.
The students at WVES are creating an art exhibit “Fish Go to School” and will share what they learned in the Trout in the Classroom project. Student’s work will be on display from March 15-May 10 at the Margret and H.A. Rey Art Gallery in Waterville Valley’s Town Square.
Jan. 2013 Update
The Waterville Valley Elementary School students calculated the swim-up date to be the end of April based on 38 degree water. The temperature was 42 degrees on 01/16/13. The temperature will be lowered even more to delay the fish from swimming up too soon. It would be ideal to have them swim up in early May for a June release. Once the eggs hatch TIC will be able to get a better idea of the exact stage they are at since TIC guessed they were about 47% when we received them.
The Waterville Valley Elementary School students got a close-up view of dead and live eggs through a microscope during one of their classes. The students made measurements and sketches of the brook trout eggs.