Inspired science teacher, Carole Wright, brought the Trout in the Classroom Program to Valley School of Ligonier in 2013. Each November, the trout eggs arrive with much celebration in order to engage the entire campus in the important responsibility of raising the native Brook Trout from eggs. Students take the lead in sorting and counting eggs, monitoring the tank all year, and “graduating” the hatchlings to a pond and eventually to Linn Run. This all happens on the School’s 400 acre campus. The goals of the program include raising children with a sense of place, teaching them to commit themselves to the environment, and engaging them in a native life cycle. What better way to raise children as future stewards of the earth? Valley School of Ligonier, given the abundance of native waters on its campus, has the highest Trout in the Classroom success rate in the state of Pennsylvania. While the attached video has some levity and fun to the arrival of the eggs, from their arrival to their release it is serious business on campus!
IB Students Lead Trout in the Classroom Project
Stoneleigh-Burnham School students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program have begun raising Brook Trout in a large fish tank that sits just inside the entrance to the Jesser Science Building. The Trout in the Classroom project is promoted through the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Trout Unlimited Organization. In mid-December, Stoneleigh-Burnham received […]
International Baccalaureate Biology Students Raise and Release Brook Trout
Stoneleigh-Burnham School students in IB Biology recently completed their months-long “Trout in the Classroom” project by releasing the Brook Trout they had raised into a state-approved river near the Greenfield, Mass., school. The project began in December when Stoneleigh-Burnham School received 200 eggs from a hatchery in Palmer, Mass. On January 10, the eggs began […]
Earth Day Initiatives in High Gear
Although Earth Day is only celebrated once a year on April 22, Ranney School (Tinton Falls, NJ) pioneered several initiatives across its 60-acre campus that will contribute toward improving the environment every single day. One of the most exciting projects this week was the debut of the school’s new organic garden and rain garden. Spearheaded […]