Trout 101

I saw this article the other day and thought what a great idea. I only wish I had this article when we were doing our Generation Wild fly-tying competition a few weeks ago. It's a great way to mix a bit of biology with a bit of nature. The gist of the story is this: Two third-grade classrooms in California raise trout from small eggs to juvenile fish and study their habits and life cycle along the way. Then, at the end of a three-month period when the fish are close to 1.5 inches long, they make a field trip to a nearby creek and set them free. I think it's a pretty cool program, and I have to say my favorite part is imagining the kids' faces when the teacher tells them the baby fish are afraid of their parents. . . because they might eat them. Ha! When I was in school, the most advanced thing we could raise was sea monkeys. Believe me, they're not as lively or interesting as fish. I'm curious what other school programs are going on that mix learning with an outdoor theme. Anyone have something similar? —Ben