Trout in the Classroom

Educational Initiatives-Supporting Schools

A GSLAC-funded educational initiative that gets students hooked on conservation

The Trout in the Classroom initiative provides local school children with the opportunity to raise trout from eggs to fry, monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study, and learn to appreciate and conserve local water resources. The innovative program, which is funded by the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council (GSLAC) and in collaboration with Trout Unlimited, has already been implemented in Northville Central School District, Edinburg Common School, and Broadalbin-Perth School District. It’s had a powerful impact on students’ understanding of ecosystems and their role in preserving them.

How is this program shaping the next generation of conservationists?

The Trout in the Classroom program is more than just a hands-on way to teach students about the environment and conservation. The program is shaping the next generation of conservationists by:

  • Immersing students in the natural life cycle of the river and the local trout population.
  • Engaging students in the study and appreciation of valuable natural resources.
  • Fostering a conservation ethic and deepening understanding of ecosystems.
  • Creating a gateway stewardship experience that fosters a new generation of advocates for salmonids and the watersheds in which they live.
  • Unifying young people and giving them a voice in advocating for clean air and water.

Schools taking the leap for conservation:

local participants in the Trout in the Classroom

Northville Central School District

Fourth-grade students experience a dynamic and direct education about their environment and the importance of conservation.

Edinburg Common School

Trout in the Classroom supports the school’s mission to provide a quality education and a caring environment so that students “may grow, achieve, and make a positive contribution to our ever changing world.”

Broadalbin-Perth School District

Second-graders learn about their community and the Great Sacandaga Lake, which is an important part of the Broadalbin-Perth community

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited (TU), one of the key organizations behind the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program, has been collaborating with teachers, volunteers, government agencies, and local organizations across the U.S. for over 30 years. The TIC program was created to provide teachers with hands-on, environmental education opportunities for their students.

The Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council (GSLAC)

We fund projects that make Great Sacandaga Lake even better.

The Trout in the Classroom program is an invaluable opportunity for students to learn about conservation and the environment. With the support of the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council, this program has already made a significant impact in the Broadalbin-Perth community and beyond. If you’re interested in supporting these programs or if you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved, we encourage you to contact the GSLAC. Let’s work together to ensure future generations have a deep appreciation for our precious natural resources.