TETON VALLEY, Idaho — Trout Unlimited hosted an “egg day” recently, part of the Trout in the Classroom program.

Trout Unlimited facilitates the program, which aims to connect students with their watershed by allowing them to raise trout from eggs in an aquarium and then release the trout in a local stream, river, lake or pond.

Photo: Courtesy Trout Unlimited

Students start by establishing a healthy ecosystem. Then the eggs arrive and students spend a few months monitoring tank conditions to foster an environment for the trout egg to survive. In Teton County Idaho, students participated in “egg day” last week and will release their trout in May.

According to the Manager of Volunteer Operations for Trout Unlimited Maggie Heumann, Trout Unlimited and Friends of the Teton River are working together to place a new homeschool and publicly accessible Trout in the Classroom tank in the Teton Geocenter.

The Teton Geocenter in Driggs, Idaho. Photo: Courtesy Trout Unlimited

Trout in the Classroom also has lesson plans for all ages, available on its website.

“The Trout in the Classroom program has been around for a long time in Teton Valley and helps kids to connect in a purposeful way to the ecosystems in their backyard. They learn everything from trout biology and life cycles to math, and we have even had dual immersion teachers utilize the program for teaching,” Heumann said. “With the placement of a new tank in the Geocenter, we hope to help connect more students, visitors and locals alike with this incredible program and hope to promote clean, cold water and thriving trout habitats for future generations.”

According to Trout Unlimited, a mix of NGO and government agency support brings the Trout in the Classroom program into schools in around 35 states. Over 5,000 classrooms participate annually.

In Teton County, Wyoming students participate in a different program, Adopt-a-Trout. According to Trout Unlimited, the Jackson program works with all 200 Jackson Hole Middle School 7th-grade students to collect fisheries data from the local watershed.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.