Trout in the Classroom (TIC)

Tri-Valley Fly Fisher’s Trout In Classroom (TIC) program provides a unique experience for students attending our local schools. They are given the opportunity to witness Rainbow Trout hatch right before their eyes in a special aquarium located in their very own classroom. Students monitor the fish’s progress as they develop, start swimming in search for food and exploring their new environment. Teachers supplement the experience with related classroom curriculum and activities based on science, math, and environmental issues. The experience is culminated with a field trip to a local reservoir where the students bid their precious little pets farewell, grant them their freedom and wish them a happy life, as they watch with obvious emotion as their little aquatic friends swim away.


fry release The TIC program is offered to classrooms at little or no cost to the school districts. TVFF members manage the program as sponsors on a voluntary basis. They provide technical expertise, assistance and support for the teachers, and usually supply the aquariums and all related equipment. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulates the program and provides the trout eggs. Dedicated and enthusiastic classroom teachers are the heart of the program. They are required to participate in a workshop where they learn about the fish, its life cycle its habitat and related requirements, the aquarium, plus relevant classroom curriculum and related activities.


arroyo clean up The program has proven to be a very effective teaching tool; the teacher’s love it and the students learn a lot about the fish, and what they need to survive in the wild. They form an emotional bond with the fish, and soon start to develop a responsible stewardship role for their fish. TVFF started offering the program, on a trial basis, in local classrooms about 10 years ago in a couple of classrooms. The program proved to be very successful and has grown in popularity ever since.
It has expanded to now include 35 classrooms, and continues to grow each new season. The best part is that it is providing a wonderful experience and special learning opportunity for a lot of kids that they would not otherwise get.
TVFF members are proud to sponsor such a great program, and are richly rewarded by the enthusiastic attitudes of the students when they express their gratitude and appreciation for this special opportunity. It is an experience they will remember for years to come.


TIC Documents (Opens in a new window)

  • TIC Information Sheet
  • TIC Aquarium System Design
  • TIC Aquarium Assembly Procedure: 10 Gallon – Insulated, with Nova Tec Chiller Probe
  • TIC Aquarium Assembly Procedure: 30 Gallon Tank With External Chilling Unit
  • Aquarium Cleaning Procedure: Vinegar
  • Egg Delivery Procedure
  • How to Calculate When Eggs Will Hatch
  • Notes On Feeding The Fish
  • TIC Fish Release Field Trip