Trout in the Classroom
Jacob Breedy, a St. Albans High School student says he learned a lot, "I enjoyed raising the fish and seeing the hard work pay off."
Several students from St. Albans High School spent a big chunk of their science class this year learning all about the life cycle of trout. His sister Hayley says she learned a whole lot more than she expected.
"At first I thought we'd just be raising a bunch of fish, but it really is helping the environment because they're going grow up and re-populate he streams. It's really important."
It's important to Carol Kuhlman, too. She taught the class that there's more to raising trout than putting fish in a tank and walking away.
"When you have a pet to take care of, you have a lot of responsibility that goes along with that. You can't just say it's going to be fun to watch the fish grow, you have to come in a couple of days on your Christmas and Easter break, you have to change the water, you have to test the water and make sure they get fed." says Kuhlman.
There were hundreds of students who learned a lot about trout, the environment and responsibility. Carol says this time consuming project became a school favorite.
"They absolutely loved every single phase of this project. When the fish arrived, they looked like little orange Dippin' Dots and then we saw them hatch out into squiggly little things and they didn't even look like fish at all and we saw them grow."
Look at them now! Independent little members of the circle of life swimming freely in the Kanawha State Forest, all thanks to Trout Unlimited, the Department of Natural Resources and a lot of hard work from hundreds of students.
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