COUNTY STUDENTS SCHOOLED BY RAISING FISH
Last Friday, Ledford High School and East Davidson High School students completed their classroom project by releasing trout at Stone Mountain Park in Roaring Gap. The live release into streams represents the culmination of the Trout in the Classroom program at these two Davidson County high schools in which the Blue Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited places fish tanks in public schools and provides trout eggs.
The students oversee the development of the fish from beginning to end with the highlight of the program being the live release of the trout. The hands-on classroom experiences while raising the fish offer learning opportunities about the growth of fish and related water quality and environmental issues. The trout-rearing lessons are incorporated into appropriate schoolroom classes on biology, science, environmental science, physics, and agriculture.
Some painful "teachable moments" may happen along the way. Occasionally, fish are lost, and water quality and other concerns come under discussion. The release of the fish itself prompts learning opportunities. Personnel from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Park Service work with the students on stream sampling and stream invertebrates as indicators of water quality.