‘Trout in the Classroom’ program under way at Tahoe-Truckee schools
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP), in partnership with the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, last week conducted a training for 29 teachers from 18 different schools in the Tahoe-Truckee region for the “Trout in the Classroom” project.
Over the next few weeks, teachers will begin setting up tanks and filling out permits to raise Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Lake Tahoe’s only native trout).
The eggs (which come from the Lahonton National Fish Hatchery) will be delivered to classrooms on April 21, with students releasing the developed fry (a term for a young fish) sometime in early June to permitted release areas.
Trout in the Classroom teaches students about watershed health, the importance of native species, life cycles, stewardship and more.
SWEP Executive Director Missy Mohler said she is grateful to the following partners for funding of the program: Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s “Give Back Tahoe” campaign, Placer County Fish & Game Commission, and the Truckee River Watershed Council, as well as tank support from The Pet Station and Trout Unlimited.
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