Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12 . . .

  • raise trout from eggs to fry.
  • monitor tank water quality.
  • engage in stream habitat study.
  • learn to appreciate water resources.
  • begin to foster a conservation ethic.
  • grow to understand ecosystems.

Most programs end the year by releasing their trout in a state-approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed.

During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs.  Therefore, each program is unique.  TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.  For more information on possible activities and lessons, please see the Teachers tab.

In each state, Trout in the Classroom is funded by a number of generous supporters and made more rich through varied partnerships.

Kettering Elementary School
Long Beach, CA
Teacher: Amelia Fillipow
Mark Twain Elementary School
Long Beach, CA
Teacher: Janine Colburn

Whittier Christian Elementary

Whittier, CA
Teacher: Shelly Andros

Carver Elementary

Cerritos, CA
Teacher: Larry Mazur

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Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited of California represents the 10,000+ subscriber-based members with 6 active chapters in CA and an eight member state council board made up from those chapters. Our mission is similar to the National organization but at a more 'roots-based' level. The council and chapters work together, supporting each other to focus in on various local and regional issues from a bottom-up viewpoint and then direct our resources to address those issues. Council meetings are held 3x per year in different locations throughout the state. State projects the last couple of years include the first-ever Healdsburg Wild Steelhead Festival in Sonoma County, a community-based restoration project on the Santa Ynez River in Buelton and our long-running Golden Trout Project in the southern Sierras. In addition, TUCA reviews and signs on to important conservation legislation and advocacy efforts; all for the sake of saving our salmonoids.

DFG Cal Tip

If you witness a poaching or polluting incident or any fish and wildlife violation, or have information about such a violation, immediately dial the toll free CalTIP number:

1 888 DFG-CALTIP (888 334-2258), 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Downey Kids Fishing Day

Each November, the City of Downey and the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) team up to provide the youth a great opportunity to fish at Wilderness Park in Downey, CA. DFG plants trout and catfish into the lakes at the park.

Downey Youth Fishing Day is designed for kids ages 15 and under. The event is free to youngsters and consists of learning stations, safety tips, and casting. They also learn about different types of fish, what happens to the lake environment when it is not clean, and how to be a responsible angler.

For many years, the Downey Fly Fishers has been a proud sponsor and volunteer for this event. The City of Downey and the DFG do not have the staff for an event of this size. On the evening prior to the event, members of the Downey Fly Fishers assist the DFG to assemble and organize the loaner rods and reels for the kids. During the event, the Downey Fly Fishers provides an ongoing fly tying demonstration and staff the learning stations. It's fun to see the excitement and anticipation on the kid's faces. I guess one could say that we look the same way during an insect hatch. Downey Fly Fishers Certificate of Appreciation

Federation of Fly Fishers

The Federation of Fly Fishers is a 45 year old international non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the sport of fly fishing through Conservation, Restoration and Education. The Federation of Fly Fishers and its Councils are the only organized advocate for fly fishers on an national and regional level.

The idea to create a national federation of fly fishing clubs by people who also were willing to take action, seems to have sprung up on both coasts in the early 1960's. In June 1965, the first Conclave of the Federation of Fly Fishers took place in Eugene Oregon and was hosted by the McKenzie Flyfishers. It was immediately a national organization with the inclusion not only of West Coast fly fishing clubs, but also the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers from New York. Twelve clubs had joined the Federation by the end of 1965, and by the second Conclave held at Jackson Hole Wyoming in September 1966, the number of clubs had risen to 29

Fisheries Resource Volunteer Corp

The FRVC was established in 1994 as an arm of the Federation of Fly Fishers, to work with the U.S. Forest Service. Working with the Forest Service, FRVC members in Forest Service uniform, patrol streams of the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests. This gives a uniformed presence. Members make contact with fishermen and other forest visitors educating them regarding fishing regulations, trash and pollution.

Cal Trout

In the mid-1960s a dozen avid trout fishermen and steelhead devotees came together to form the nucleus of what would become California Trout. The trout fishermen were concerned that the state government's answer to deteriorating fishing conditions was to build and operate hatcheries and plant their domesticated products in lakes and streams everywhere. The steelheaders were worried that the state and federal governments were dead set on destroying the last remaining steelhead waters with huge "killer dams."