Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers is a sponsoring organization for a classroom experience of hatching fish eggs and learning the value of aquatic environments. Nationally known as “Trout in the Classroom”, and in California called the “Classroom Aquarium Education Program” STFF in cooperation with the California Department Of Fish and Wildlife and a number of organizations provide a “Trout In The Classroom” project to numerous schools in the Redding, CA area.
The students raise trout from eggs to fry and the release them into DF&W approved cold water streams and lakes. This act of raising, monitoring and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources.
Instructors and their students, with STFF volunteer assistance, set up an aquarium in their classrooms. Under a special permit from the Department of Fish and Wildlife they receive fish eggs and observe the fish as they hatch and develop.
The activity culminates with a release day at a local pond or lake such as Whiskeytown Lake, and includes learning stations set up by a variety of volunteer groups which reinforce some of the concepts presented during the fish raising period.As part of the experience STFF members may teach fly tying and fly casting.STFF makes this valuable program possible with annual financial support, and club members volunteer many hours helping teachers and students with their project.