- Junior High School
This past spring, 26 junior high students spent the day in Farmington, Minnesota, releasing 300 rainbow trout fingerlings into the Vermillion River. Joined by members of BSM’s Trout & Fly Fishing Club, the Red Knights suited up in waders for an exciting day of hands-on learning and helping improve the local fish population.
Science teacher Lauren Reuss began laying the groundwork for the field trip back in December 2022 when her students received nearly 400 rainbow trout fish eggs from Minnesota Trout Unlimited (MNTU). “For many, this was their first time putting on waders and really taking a look at what is found within our rivers,” Reuss said. “I am hopeful that it gives them a greater appreciation for our natural resources.”
Anna Mohabir ‘28 enjoyed the experience and having a unique field trip as part of the Life Science 7 class. “I loved this field trip, even wearing the waders. I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun!”
Throughout the second semester, students were responsible for maintaining the tank, care of the fish, regulating water temperature, and monitoring the trout’s various life stages as they grew and became ready for release into the wild.
By April, the trout had grown enough to be hand-released into the Vermillion River. Joining volunteers from MNTU, the students successfully delivered the young fish and then conducted macroinvertebrate sampling, gaining an understanding of the river’s biological condition and learning about the importance of water quality testing.
Reuss began participating in the Trout in the Classroom program in 2018 to help her students establish an appreciation for aquatic ecosystems. "My hope is that students develop a deeper understanding of their connection to nature. I want students to understand that small changes can have a large impact so that they can be better stewards of the environment.”