When Should I Plan My Release?

Release day is a fun and special event with your class. Now is a good time to begin planning your release day especially if you require buses, extra funding, or are looking to have a local naturalist present at your event.The information below should help you plan.


While your permit allows you to keep the fish up to 8 weeks from the day of egg delivery, we recommend releasing fish soon after they “button up” (absorb the yolk sac). This generally occurs within 4-6 weeks of hatch.

The risk of mortality  increases the longer you keep the fish in your tank. While only 1-2% of classes in the Bay Area experience “total tank failure” each year, it is really unfun if it is your class. We cannot always figure out what went wrong in each case, but the two most common factors are that the fish are being feed and they have been held longer than 6 weeks.

If you are hatching rainbow trout (which most of you are):

Assume you will receive your eggs the first few days of March, 2017. That means they should be in the lake NO LATER than April 28 2017. I would recommend you look at a release date of much earlier – 5 to 6 weeks after delivery.


If you are hatching Steelhead trout, you have three options for egg pick up:

  • February 8, 2017 (final date fry must be released – April 5, 2017)
  • March 15, 2017 (final date fry must be released – May 10, 2017)
  • April 5, 2017 (final date fry must be released – May 31, 2017)

Again, we recommend releasing at least 2 weeks prior to final release date.


We hope this helps you plan your release day activities.

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Ecologically Based Learning Activities

The Point of Ecologically Based Learning Activities:


Kids learn from play.  Play is enjoyable and self-motivating. Research shows that the more fun students have learning, the more they learn, and the longer they retain it. Games are especially important for kinesthetic learners, who can be shortchanged by our traditional educational system. There is no real substitute for experience, and learning by doing. And the more learning that is done outdoors, the less nature deficit disorder!


Here is a list of fun, easy to implement that are demonstrated in most workshops.

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Looking For Images Of Aquatic Species?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a cool library of images available for you to use. You will also see they have a dynamic curriculum you can use as well.





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Small Fry Trail

Check out these photos from the new “Small Fry Trail” which opened this week. I always appreciate creative ideas and innovation.




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Mini Grants Available

Here is an opportunity to get a small grant for the 2017/18 school year.

Established by children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications from public schools and public libraries anywhere in the United States and its territories for its mini-grants program.

The program is intended to support projects that foster creative expression, collaboration, and interaction with a diverse community. To that end, the  program will award grants of up to $500 to educators in support of special activities and events for their students outside the standard curriculum. Projects funded in the past include murals, pen pal groups, quilts, theater productions, newspapers and other publications, inter-generational activities, and programs that bring disparate communities together.

Public schools and public libraries are eligible to apply. Preschool head start programs also are eligible. Private and parochial schools and charter schools  are ineligible.


Application instructions


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“Kids In Need” Foundation Invites Applications For Teacher Grants

The Kids In Need Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and underfunded teachers, is accepting applications from pre-K-12 teachers for grants in support of classroom projects.

Teacher grants of up to $500 will be awarded to educators in support of projects that strengthen creativity, critical thinking skills, and/or core knowledge by engaging students in the learning process. Grant awards are based on the creativity of the projects being proposed. Typically, three hundred to six hundred grants are awarded each year.

All certified pre-K-12 teachers in the United States are eligible to apply.

See the Kids in Need Foundation website for complete program information and application guidelines.

Link to Complete RFP

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5 Napa Students Take Action To Protect Their Watershed

We are five middle school girls from River Middle School in Napa who took action to help our local waterways and the environment that lives around it. What we did was have a bake sale in front of a car wash and restaurant in Napa Valley and sold cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. We ended up raising $50. We did a bake sale because we wanted to not only raise money but awareness too. Doing a bake sale was easy to get planned, and accomplished our action goals. Before we went out and did our bake sale, in our classroom we have been researching this topic. We raised trout and took observations, and even dissected a fish! We learned from CAEP that they really do help us learn more about this subject and that’s is why we wanted to raise money for this organization.


We also created this website – http://savenapawaterways.weebly.com/

Serena K., Maddie S., Ana B., Ava H., and Izzy M.

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