FOCUS’s Day Program has made a lot of new friends – 200 to be exact! In partnership with Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited, and financed by a grant from the Avon-Canton Rotary, the children in our Day Program will be raising 200 trout fish eggs to be released in the spring at a local river or stream. This project is part of a national program called Trout in the Classroom; an environmental education program where children raise trout from eggs to fry (young trout), monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study, learn to appreciate water resources, begin to foster a conservation ethic, and grow to understand ecosystems. It will not only be a lot of fun, but it will teach our children a multitude of life lessons!
Raising Trout: A Life Skills Experience
Raising 200 trout fish eggs may seem like a daunting task, but it will give our children an experience they won’t forget! Cynthia Colton-Reichler, a certified educator in our Day Program, said that raising the trout will teach them responsibility. Throughout the year, the children will learn how to feed the trout, clean the fish tank, check the filters, and other tasks to care for them. Colton-Reichler explained that this project is one that many of our children will be exposed to for the first time, and that they are excited to be a part of it!
Carl Swanson of Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited added that by participating in this project, our children will learn about ecology and conservation. They will develop an understanding of what trout need to survive, what environment is best for them to live in, and ultimately how important it is to preserve natural resources.
FOCUS Meets Their New Friends
On November 18, representatives from Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited visited FOCUS to present the Day Program with their trout eggs. Everyone was excited to see them for the first time, and some of our children asked our guests questions about the trout. These included:
- What species is our trout?
- How big will they grow?
- Where do the fish live when they are in the wild?
Our guests were more than happy to answer them, and in turn shared some very cool facts with us. Did you know that out of the three species of trout found in Connecticut, the Brook Trout is the only native one?
Over the next few months, our fish will hatch and grow into fry. We look forward to sharing our progress with you!