South Cobb High School Outdoor Education Classes has been working with the Trout In the Classroom (TIC) program since 2015. The TIC Program is sponsored by the Cohutta Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU), in Georgia. The TIC Program is also supported by Cobb County School District Physical Education and Health Department.
The TIC program begins in the Fall, around the end of September or the beginning of October. The trout eggs are delivered from Troutlodge Hatchery in Bonney Lake, Washington, to South Cobb High School and other schools in Georgia via local chapters of Trout Unlimited. The schools raise the trout from Fall until Spring or when they have grown to the fingerling stage.
Through the TIC program, students get to observer trout as they grow during the first 4 life cycle stages: egg stage, alevin stage, fry stage, and fingerling stage. Students learn about trout and other fish habitat, ecosystem, anatomy and physiology, and life cycle. Other items that students are taught about is wildlife conservation, water conservation, threats to trout and other fish habitats, threats to their survival, and how we care for the trout while they are in our classroom’s aquarium. Example of what students learn is how pollution and lack of water conservation can affect wildlife and their ecosystem.
Students learn knowledge and skills they can use to fish for trout and other fish. When students attend the trout release field trip, they have an opportunity to learn how to fly cast, tie artificial flies, fishing tactics, conservation, and about Trout Unlimited from volunteers attending the release from the Cohutta Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Trout In the Classroom program provides our Outdoor Education classes the opportunity to perform cross curriculum tasks that include Physical Education, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies.
Elizabeth Price, Supervisor
Health & Physical Education