Elementary, middle, and high school students are learning about the life cyle of fish. They have been raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout.
After a few months – they’re letting them go.
Students from Harrisburg schools are participating in Trout in the Classroom.
“They start with a fertilized egg sand they take care of it they keep the water temperature, the condition correct, and those eggs grow,” Jason Nelson, Outdoor Campus Outreach Coordinator, said.
High schoolers took care of these trout so they could be released into this pond.
“We kept them in a tank and all we had to do was check the water,” High School Senior, Eli Sehr, said.
It’s a lesson in conservation. Tuesday the students learn that the rainbow trout require two main things to stay alive.
“Highly oxygenated water and they like it cold. I hear this pond is deep so, the odds, it could happen. It’s better than throwing them in a mudhole. If this is 30 feet deep like they say, they should be okay,” Jason Nelson said.
As far as releasing them, students didn’t hesitate one bit.
“I think it’s a really good thing so they can stay as a family and repeat the cycle,” Eli Sehr said.
Nelson says the trout should be catchable by this fall.