Stoneleigh-Burnham School students in IB Biology completed their months-long “Trout in the Classroom” project by releasing the Brook Trout into a state-approved river near the school on Sunday, May 4.
The project began in December when Stoneleigh-Burnham School received 200 eggs from a hatchery in Palmer, MA. On January 10, the eggs began hatching. The students raised the Brook Trout in a large fish tank inside the entrance to the Jesser Science Building. Students set up the tank and monitored its water quality and studied stream habitat. The goals of the project included fostering an appreciation of our water resources and a conservation ethic, and promoting an understanding of our local ecosystem.
Taylor Williams, SBS STEaM coordinator and science teacher, said releasing the trout over the weekend was successful and fun, despite some light rain that day. Williams noted that the Trout in the Classroom project has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education. Trout in the Classroom is promoted through the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Trout Unlimited Organization.