Since mid-October, students in the Environmental Conservation and Forestry program at the Southern Adirondack Education Center have been raising brown trout from eggs that were donated by Trout in the Classroom, a program of Trout Unlimited’s Youth Education.
“This is the first time our students have had the opportunity to raise trout from eggs,” said the program’s teacher Sherri Slater, “and they are loving it. They’ve learned quite a bit about the whole process of raising trout and how sensitive trout are to changes in their environment. Students have been monitoring the environment and the pH of water. According to Trout in the Classroom, only 10 percent of the trout will survive. We began with 100 eggs and are down to 97 fish. Once the trout are 1 to 2 inches long, we’ll release them into a nearby stream or river. Trout Unlimited will provide us with the areas that can be stocked.”
This project is of great interest to Drew Caprood of Glens Falls. He closely monitors the water temperature daily. He explained, “They are happiest in 55- to 60-degree water. We dechlorinate the water to make it more like fresh water and save the fish water to use for our turtle pond and for plants that we’ll be growing in the spring.”
Out of the eight seniors and four juniors in the two-year program, several plan on attending SUNY Adirondack, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse or Paul Smith’s College for conservation and biology with the hopes of becoming a Department of Conservation officer, park ranger, logger, or somehow involved in forest management and land stewardship.
Click here to read more about the Environmental Conservation and Forestry program.