Stoneleigh-Burnham will participate in the Trout in the Classroom project for the fourth consecutive year as part of a program to increase the number of brook trout in local river systems. The brook trout eggs were received on January 20 from the state fish hatchery in Palmer, Mass. We will grow out the fish until they are about 3 inches long, then science classes will release the fish in late spring.

Trout in the Classroom is a program promoted through the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Trout Unlimited Organization. Goals of the project include fostering an appreciation of our water resources and a conservation ethic, and promoting an understanding of our local ecosystem.

SBS Science Department Chair Beth Stinchfield said the program has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education. Stinchfield encourages people to stop by to watch the progress of the trout project.

For more information, visit Trout Unlimited.