Pisgah TU Volunteers Needed!

We will pickup our eggs for delivery to the schools on September 21 at 8:30 AM at the Setzer Hatchery, Pisgah Forest.  The teachers like delivery of eggs on Thursday so that the next day, they can orient the students to care and feeding of trout from eggs to fingerlings.

Please bring a cooler to put the egg container in for delivery to the schools.  We will have 12 egg containers for you to use.  Like last year, we will divide the schools into 3 groups:  Transylvania, Henderson counties, and Road trip—Asheville to Polk County.

As we get closer to September 21, we will give more details for delivery of the eggs.  For now, please mark your calendars and let us know if you will be able to help with delivery.

We would like to start documenting the TIC process. Please bring a camera and/or phone camera with you so that we can document delivery of eggs to each school.  We will alsobe asking the teachers to photo document their TIC year from eggs to release of fingerlings for our Pisgah TU Flickr page and the Pisgah TU Facebook page.

We need volunteers!  Please sign up below.

Trout in the Classroom

Trout Unlimited (TU) has a vision to ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters. Trout in the Classroom (TIC) brings the importance of this vision directly to the members of this next generation, allowing them to discover it for themselves. A network of teachers, supported by local chapters of TU, or private volunteers, pursue this goal.

Watershed Education

TIC is a unique way to teach the relevance of watersheds. Trout are indicator species; and their abundance directly reflects the quality of the water in which they live. In the TIC program, students learn to care about their trout and then the habitat in which trout live. As the program progresses, students see connections between the trout, water resources, the environment, and themselves. This hands-on, flexible program has won national acclaim and is in place in classrooms internationally. Raising trout in the classroom connects students to water quality and other real-life issues and inspires them to seek solutions to problems.

The Program

With a science teacher expressing an interest in the TIC program, the chapter provides a volunteer member who helps with setting up the tank system, provides continuing support to the teacher and students involved.

An aquarium and chiller system is set up to incubate trout eggs in classrooms under the guidance of a Trout in the Classroom (TIC) coordinator. Students watch as trout develop from eggs to fry, with the final result being a field trip to release the young fish into the wild. Delayed Harvest streams are used as release sites. This hand-on experience develops students’ interest in the environment and conservation issues as they learn what it takes to keep these trout alive and healthy.

These interests inspire questions about the needs of humans and their relationship to the environment. The program not only encompasses science but language arts, mathematics, social studies, ecology and art.

Hands-On-Science Learning

Mountain rivers provide a beautiful panorama as the students and teachers bid goodbye to their trout during a series of releases. Thousands of trout have been released into the river as a result of this program with area students participating in the school wide programs that were responsible for the care of the trout from eggs to fingerlings. After these releases the students sometimes get their feet wet. If there is sufficient time in their field trip schedule, they team up with nets and collection jars to sample the macro invertebrates in the stream, learning more about how to identify what’s being found.