Trout Season Benchmarks

Trout Season Benchmarks

We’ve had our Trout in the Classroom teacher training. We’ve explored the excellent material we received from the enthusiastic presenters. Now we’re flowing downstream toward our trout release site.

Lynn Kaashoek’s  Kindergarten at John Baldwin has been studying the needs of trout and ‘playing’ Food, Water, Shelter. With her guidance they came up with these needs, relating other living things including themselves, to the trout. Once they learned the hand signals for food, water, and shelter, the class went outside to a square lake, the four square lines on the blacktop, and did the activity we learned at our training. The rise of the trout population was evident to them with each round, even though they weren’t quite ready to become the environment when they didn’t find the requirement they were looking for.

An artistic view of benchmarks










Continuing on the flow of the benchmarks, I have enjoyed being part of Diablo Valley Fly Fishermen’s tank preparation for new teachers. These people have the process well-organized. I cut the reflective insulation to wrap the aquariums with and then went to our sponsor Gerry Ng’s garage to help put together 8 tanks including all their component equipment. It’s very rewarding to take part in this and to be able to deliver tanks to eager teachers and help them get the equipment where it’s suppose to be.

Our Program Coordinator Ethan Rotman and his team put together a great teacher’s manual with a clear benchmark table in it. This sketch simply follows it with color added to remind you of your next steps.

Happy Fishing,
With Heart

Margaret Hart
Trout in the Classroom volunteer
Fish and Wildlife volunteer

About Ethan Rotman

Ethan Rotman (Bayareatic) manages and coordinates programs that hatch fish in classrooms for the San Francisco Bay Area. He also chairs the committee that manages these programs throughout the state. Ethan has worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for over 20 years.
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