Junior High Trout in the Classroom Project Culminates with Release of 300+ Rainbow Trout in Vermillion River

Junior High Trout in the Classroom Project Culminates with Release of 300+ Rainbow Trout in Vermillion River

On Friday, May 17, BSM Junior High students released 343 rainbow trout into the Vermillion River in Farmington as the culmination of the unique class project, "Trout in the Classroom!"

Led by Science Teacher Ms. Lauren Reuss, the class holds the record for the most surviving fish in one tank in the history of the program. Students received the rainbow trout fish eggs from Minnesota Trout Unlimited (MNTU) in December and took on the responsibility of caring for the fish, and testing water quality parameter including pH, ammonia, and nitrate daily. 

In early February, a representative from MNTU visited BSM and talked with students about the macroinvertebrates that make up the trout's diet. They also learned how to tie their own flies. 

After the release this past Friday, students chose between sampling macroinvertebrates (water bugs) and trying their hand at fishing in the river.

What a fantastic hands-on learning experience for our students!