TU Philosophy...We believe that trout and salmon fishing isn't just fishing for trout and salmon. It's fishing for sport rather than food, where the true enjoyment of the sport lies in the challenge, the lore, the battle of wits, not necessarily the full creel. It's the feeling of satisfaction that comes limiting your kill instead of killing your limit. It's communing with nature where the chief reward is a refreshed body and a contented soul, where a license is a permit to use not abuse, to enjoy not destroy our cold water fishery. It's subscribing to the proposition that what's good for trout and salmon is good for the fisherman and that managing trout and salmon for themselves rather than the fisherman is fundamental to the solution of our trout and salmon problems. It's appreciating our fishery resource, respecting fellow anglers and giving serious thought to tomorrow.
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Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12 . . .
• raise trout from eggs to fry.
• monitor tank water quality.
• engage in stream habitat study.
• learn to appreciate water resources.
• begin to foster a conservation ethic.
• grow to understand ecosystems.
Most programs end the year by releasing their trout in a state-approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed.
During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs. Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.
In each state, Trout in the Classroom is funded by a number of generous supporters and made more rich through varied partnerships.
Meet John Fischer, TU Educator
Trout in the Classroom
After 28 years on the NYPD advancing to the rank of Lieutenant in command of a Joint FBI/NYPD Task Force, John retired in 1996. He then volunteered to help out with a fledgling program called “Trout in the Classroom”. This led to a position as Executive Director of Take-a-Kid Fishing. The mission of that not for profit morphed into a new environmental education funding organization called The Headwaters Initiative. The goal of that organization was to fund Trout in the Classroom Programs throughout the 5 boros of NYC. In the summer of 2009 the Headwaters Initiative merged with Trout Unlimited national Office to further expand the program nationally. He is now the NY Regional Technical Advisor of Trout in the Classroom based in NYC. He has served as NYS Council of Trout Unlimited Youth Education Chairman and is Currently the Trout in the Classroom Coordinator for Long Island Trout Unlimited.
For more information on this important program, please visit:
Meadow Elementary School (Baldwin) Great Meadow Smithtown Middle School Commack High School East Rockaway High School Barton Elementary School (Patchogue) Patchogue/Sayville High School Massapequa Middle/High School Oceanside Middle School N. Babylon Middle School Port Jefferson High School Carbonara Elementary School (Valley Stream) Blue Pt. High School Bay Shore High School East Walt Whitman High School Syosset Middle School Woods Ave Elementary School, N. Babylon Sportsman Education Center Freeport High School Port Washington High School Woodmere High School Half Hollow Hills East
Trout in the Classroom