The following blog is from Ed Northen.
Trout Unlimited already has a program in place called Trout in the Classroom. The program is a new one. It is done all one the country and is quite successful. That program allows children in a classroom to raise trout from eggs and watch them develop. They then learn about the habitat, food sources and anatomy of trout and after they are grown release the trout into a local river. It is a good program and well established, the only down side of it is, it all done using trout raised in a hatchery, not wild trout and their is a significant difference if you were ever to go fish for trout. The difference can be compared to if you were to go hunting for Elk or for cows.
The program we are doing is a pilot program and is focused on many of the same things. We have a classroom take a field trip to the river and then we will catch fish by either electroshocking the water, which stuns the fish momentarily and allows us to net a few or flies with barbless hooks and catch the fish. They go into a live well and then have a transmitter placed in them by a professional trained to do this. The kids release the trout back into the water and then will use a computer program to track the habits of the Trout. While on the river the Kids will also have the opportunity about healthy trout habitat and some of the insects [entomology] which Trout use for food. During the year volunteers will go into the classroom and be a guest teacher on any number of subjects related to wild trout and their habitats, plus do something fun like have the kids tie a fly, cast fly rod, learn a knot used in fishing, etc. They will also discuss the movement of the trout and it reinforces the need for healthy habitat and ecosystems as the children see how the fish move and where they live as the water levels change in the course of the year.
Yesterday, unfortunately we had to cancel the field trip and have rescheduled for Oct 30th. The rain was pouring down and we had winds up to 45 mph. We had a lot of trees come down in the land trust near our house and our friends had a tree fall and crush their fence and intruding the yard of the people who live behind them. So today am going to go with a chain saw and help him cut up the tree and repair the fence, the tree is probably 40 - 50 feet tall. Then this afternoon at 4:30 we will go with our Trout Unlimited Chapter and rescue some more of the trout who get trapped in the canals, they shut of another canal yesterday. I suspect that we will get another 4,000 - 5,000 wild trout.
(Ed is the president of the Hemingway chapter of Trout Unlimited. You can see his newsletter at http://hemingwaytu.org/)