Feeding Your Fry

Fry can survive for a couple of weeks without food. Feeding the fish increases the risk of mortality as you are introducing foreign substances into the tank. Both uneaten food and feces can prove fatal to your fish. We recommend releasing the fry soon after they completely “button up” and are all swimming. If you opt to feed the fry, please observe the following:

  • Only use food provided by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Do not begin feeding until the fry have absorbed their yolk sacs
  • Keep the food in a cool, dry place
  • Feed a tiny pinch not more than once a day. If food hits the bottom of the tank, you have given them too much.

If you want students to experience nurturing the fish while reducing the risk to the tank, feed them a very small pinch of food the day before, or the day of the release.

If you have questions, please contact your sponsor, visit www.classroomaquarium.org or send an email.

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2021/22 New Teacher Workshops

THANK YOU for your interest in hatching (rainbow or steelhead) trout in your classroom! This is a great program that sticks with students for years and has potential to influence how they vote, act, and even which careers they may choose. It takes a tremendous effort on your part to make this happen and we will do all we can to provide you with the resources for you to not only succeed but excel. In the past 2 years we have created a tremendous amount of new material to help with both classroom and remote teaching.

As every teacher admitted into the program receives significant financial and volunteer support, there is a limit to the number of new teachers we can take each year. Information provided here will help you be ready to register and know what to expect. Please read this carefully as it will help you get in on your first attempt.

Registration will open for all new teachers on Friday, October 1st at 4 PM.  You are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible as we expect all workshops to fill quickly. The information below will help you prepare so you can register quickly. If you have questions, please let me know.

If you have hatched fish within the past 3 years you do not need to take the workshop – you are ENCOURAGED to do so and we waive the fee for you. You will find the workshop beneficial but not required.

 Registration Link

Teachers are accepted by geographic area where their school is located on a first come-first served basis.

  • Please only register for the area where your school is located. If you register in the wrong category, you registration will be canceled and you must re-register.
  • All workshops this year will again be virtual – we had great success with this process last year.
  • During the registration process, you will be able to choose which of the 3 workshop dates you wish to participate – January 8, 22, or 29. You only need to attend one day.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the $25 registration fee. This is entirely refundable if you cancel or if you are not admitted from the waitlist.
  • You will be limited to one registration per person: if there are multiple teachers at your school hoping to get in, they must each register separately.
  • You will need to be present for the entire all-day workshop with your camera on. The workshop is divided into 3 sections with about a one-hour break between each session. This helps keep us all sane and focused and alleviates screen fatigue.
  • We are experiencing a high level of interest this year and will do our best to serve as many teachers as possible. If you are unable to register, please get on the waitlist as soon as you can. We are generally able to move many teachers off the waitlist and into the workshop as we get closer to the session dates. Teachers are taken from the waitlist in the order enrolled.
  • If other teachers from your school are already involved in the program and you are not able to enroll, please let me know. We may be able to welcome you into the training even if we cannot support you with your own fish tank. This is still a great learning experience for your students as you can implement the lessons as you share a tank with your co-teacher.

 Here are some resources you may want to view:

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Will I Be Able To Hatch Fish This Year?

Absolutely! Whether you are teaching in person or back to remote teaching, eggs will be available to all qualified teachers. If you opted to sit out last year, you are still eligible to participate.

  1. Download and complete the 772 application for eggs
  2. Complete the form – be sure to sign it and have your principal sign it
  3. Send the document as a PDF to r3CAEP@wildlife.ca.gov

Be sure to check the link at the top of this page “Applications Received” to ensure your application was received and approved.

You may want to check out some of the cool new teaching tools created to help you with both in class and remote teaching.

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Workshops For 2021

Thank you for your interest in hatching fish in your classroom. This is a wonderful program that provides memorable learning activities for students.

This year, more than ever, teachers need good, engaging content that works whether you are in a classroom or teaching from your kitchen. We have a devoted quite a bit of time and resources to creating new material for you.

Registration will go live on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4 PM. While it is not possible to register before this time, you are welcome to review the registration links to help you move quickly through the process when registration opens. You need to provide some basic information and will need a credit card to make payment ($25).


  • The workshop will be virtual will model best practices in virtual teaching. You will get to experience many of the new online tools we have created to support distance teaching.
  • You will have your choice of dates and only need to attend one day
  • The workshop will begin at 8:30 AM and is scheduled until 4:30. This will be divided into 3 segments with significant breaks to help you avoid fatigue. If we can end early, we will.
  • We appreciate you desire to educate students and realize you are giving us a day of your time. We will honor that by doing our part to give you an engaging and worthwhile experience. We will utilize best practices for virtual trainings, incorporate a variety of media and platforms, multiple speakers, and fun. The content is outstanding as well.


  • Please only register for the correct “Group” – hopefully this is explained clearly on the registration page and is based on where your school is located.  
  • If tickets for your area are sold out or are not available for any reason, please sign up on the waitlist.  We do our best to move teachers off the waitlist in the order registered. There are many unknown elements in the program this year and I am hopeful we will have many additional slots open as we move through the season.
  • If there are more than one teacher at your school interested in participating, they must each register separately. You cannot register multiple people

Registration link:

We are not able to accept new teachers in San Francisco or Santa Cruz at this time. However please sign up on the waitlist and if things change, you will be inline. If they do not change, you will get a full refund

If you have not done so, please watch the 9-minute video that provides an overview of the program. It will help you understand what you are signing up for and what to expect.

Each teacher in the program receives a fair amount of financial and volunteer support to help you make this a successful experience. This limits the number of teachers we can take in overall, and some geographic areas we are even more limited. Teachers can enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the workshops are filled, you can sign up on a waitlist.

If you have questions, please contact Ethan Rotman

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