Trout-to-be arrive in Science Center
Posted 12/24/2013 12:00AM
The Trout in the Classroom Fisheries Project at Fenn is up and running, or rather, soon-to-be-swimming. The Science Center welcomed 140 brook trout eggs on December 17th, delivered by Dan Marchant of Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife. The eggs, housed in an insulated tank that sits near a window in J 224, in water chilled to a called-for 43 degrees Fahrenheit, are expected to hatch in January and will continue to grow in the tank through the winter and early spring, according to Science Department Chair Dave Duane. Marchant predicted a high survival rate for the eggs, and the young “brookies” will be released into the Concord River watershed sometime in May or June.
Fifth grade science students are the official stewards of the endeavor and will monitor water quality, feed the fish, and change the water in the tank, but the project is truly a departmental effort that will benefit the entire community, Dave says, and can be integrated into curriculum units across all grades and subjects.
Trout in the Classroom is an environmental education program for students in grades K-12. During the year each participating teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs, so each program is unique. In each state, the program is funded by a number of generous supporters and partnerships.
Come visit the tank in J 224 and periodically check in to see this exciting project in action, though at this early stage, the tank is covered by insulating foam board and the eggs are difficult to see above the gravel substrate. The department is working to make the project more visible to viewers.