Mentors Needed for Trout in the Classroom Program

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a science-enrichment program developed by Trout Unlimited that places cold-water aquarium systems in seventeen schools through Tompkins County. Participating classes receive trout eggs in the fall, raise them during the school year, and release them into a nearby stream in May.

Mentors are crucial to many parts of the program. They assist in the classes that help youth

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understand stream habitat, water chemistry, how to monitor the aquariums,

and other principles of biology. Perhaps most importantly, volunteers are there to help youth develop a sense of why we should steward and conserve cold water environments.

Volunteers do not need a strong background in any one field of science. The biggest qualification is a desire to help youth discover why clean water and healthy fish matter in our ecosystems.

Email Don Austin, Assistant Director of Community Service, at austin@ithaca.edu for more information about getting involved with Trout in the Classroom

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Don Austin at austin@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.