Trout in the Classroom
Tulare and Kings Counties
Sponsored by Kaweah Fly Fishers
Volunteer in charge: George Pilling Phone 559-901-6676 or email
Trout in the Classroom is a nationwide program sponsored variously by Trout Unlimited (a private conservation organization) and state Fish and Game Departments. Its purpose is to teach children about the ecology and environment necessary to raise trout and salmon in our lakes, rivers, and streams.
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12 . . .
Raise trout from eggs to fry.
Monitor tank water quality.
Engage in stream habitat study.
Learn to appreciate water resources.
Begin to foster a conservation ethic.
Grow to understand ecosystems.
The following web sites have more information and lesson plans:
https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/documents/ContextDocs.aspx?cat=OCEO-CAEP - forms, posters, and resources.
In Tulare and Kings Counties, the program is administered by the California Department of Fish and Game Education office in Fresno, funded by part of license fees, and the volunteers of Kaweah Flyfishers.
Deliver fertilized Rainbow Trout eggs - in September for the fall cycle and in January for the spring cycle.
Click here for Egg Delivery Guidelines for Volunteers.
Provide chillers and tanks for participants who do not own their own. Click here for a list of the supplies needed.
Deliver curriculum kits to the classes.
Provide class visits when possible - a one-hour session on aquatic insects and with fly tying demonstrations.
Provide education at the field trip/trout release site. Click here for a description of the field trip/trout release schedules.
Record their hours on this form and send it in. Volunteer hours help fund this program.
Tulare/Kings County Instructional videos for Trout in the Classroom
If you have trouble playing any of these videos, I recommend downloading VLC video player (free - click here.)
|Setting up a tank with chiller tube inside the tank like the Glacier or Tradewind also http://youtu.be/zhL1Az0N8yg|
|Setting up a tank (second video) also http://youtu.be/TlP2L4QLMU4|
|Setting up a tank with an external chiller (Aqua-Euro, Coralife or similar) also http://youtu.be/HBwGw9myMWQ (Large pump pulls water into chiller and returns it cold through plastic tubing.)|
|Installing Eggs 1 - Demonstration also http://youtu.be/R_lMKltkfkw|
|Installing Eggs 2 - With 6th graders also http://youtu.be/5YnuGZnVDQg|
|Using a Gravel cleaner also http://youtu.be/Ao8-OleIu9c|
|Removing dead eggs also http://youtu.be/gJSWd9hmN9Q|
The Way of a Trout video - this is a great introduction to the life cycle of trout and to fly fishing.
Curriculum Kits Kaweah Flyfishers has several curriculum kits for teachers. These bags contain videos and books, posters and a small kit that shows materials used to tie trout flies.
If we are out of kits, the posters are the ones you got at the DFW workshop.
If you need new ones,
The books and videos can be borrowed from Educational Resource Services (Tulare County school contract library) or from the Visalia Learning Center (for Visalia teachers and Visalia residents.)
Fly Tying videos with Don Lieb
|Introduction to the tools 26 sec.|
|Tying a Caddis Larva 3 min. 35 sec.|
|Tying a Cadis Adult 5 min. 12 sec.|
|Tying a Mayfly Larva 5 min. 49 sec.|
|Tying a Mayfly Adult 7 min. 20 sec.|
|Tying a Carpenter Ant 3 min. 30 sec.|
Aquatic insects and insect keys
|Pictures of insects (simplified - only includes Caddis, Stonefly, and Mayfly)|
|Insect key simplified (only includes Caddis, Stonefly, and Mayfly)|
|Insect key (includes Damsel flies, Dragon flies, and the above.)|
Trout release field trips NOTE: We do not have enough Kaweah Flyfisher or River Ridge volunteers to fully staff these field trips. Teachers must provide volunteers for some of the stations.
|Schedules for Kaweah Flyfisher volunteer
field trips (usually on the Kings and Kaweah rivers)
Note: Field trip schedules are modified as volunteers become available. The schedules below are if all volunteers needed are available. Teachers are expected to fill in and do some of the lessons.
|River Ridge Ranch field
** Please note: there is a limit of 60 students at a time at River Ridge.
Questions? Comments? email George Pilling or call 559-901-6676