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Girls’ middle school students release juvenile trout raised in their classroom

May 24, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN AND WESTCHESTER — MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women in Downtown Brooklyn participated in a trout classroom incubation program with Trout Unlimited. A national grassroots non-profit organization, Trout Unlimited in on a mission to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds, by educating students from New York City and upstate communities about the importance of protecting the state’s shared water resources through its Trout in the Classroom program. Last October, more than 125 classroom teachers and educators joined the Trout in the Classroom Program’s Fall Teacher Conference and received trout eggs from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Urban Academy students joined thousands from schools around the city in incubating the trout eggs in their classrooms and raising them into juvenile trout, also called fingerlings. This hands-on, eight-month-long program culminates with students taking part in designated field days between March and June during which they release the fingerlings into New York City watershed streams. During these trout release field days, students experience firsthand a watershed stream and forest, participate in nature hikes and macroinvertebrate studies, and sing “Happy Free Day” to their beloved fingerlings.

Nine brook trout were released into the Cross River where it passes through the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Westchester County.  The Cross River feeds into New York City’s Cross River Reservoir.

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