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West Virginia Wildlife
Trout In The Classroom
Patrick McMurtry Raise, Learn, And Release

May 15, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


Most of us have seen trout sometime in our life, either swimming in a river, or on the end of our line, but hundreds of kids in our state get to see them in a whole different light thanks to the trout in the classroom program. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has partnered with Trout Unlimited and local schools to raise trout, and raise awareness of what these little guys need to survive.

Amanda Craig, principle of Rock Cave Elementary, is here at Holly River State Park with her 4th graders after a nearly year long commitment to raising a bunch of fingerlings ready to be released today.

"We're just excited to have this program in our school. It's our 4th year. Mr. Shannon and the kids always do a great job of raising them and learning about them. Mr. Shannon used the trout tank as a writing station and they are trout managers and handle everything."

That's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun, especially today when these little guys get to go free, and their little managers get to feel like proud parents watching their little ones leave the nest. They learned a lot this year.

L. J. WHITE describes what he's learned "I learned they can live in the water, they want to have their own personal space." Tasha Layman knows what trout need as well. "They love freedom and need to be in their habitat."

That's some good stuff, you can tell these kids are committed to their trout. They have been since the very beginning.

"What's your favorite part of the Trout in the Classroom Tasha? Watching them grow up from an egg. Why is that fun? Because you can experience the life cycle of a trout." says Layman

That's the beginning of wildlife management, and maybe one day one of these bright kids will make a profession out of working with animals.

LEARN MORE at the W. Va. DNR


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