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Getting Started


If you are interested in implementing Trout In the Classroom (TIC), please follow these steps:

STEP 1: LEARN ABOUT TIC

STEP 2: PARTNER UP

Partnerships enhance TIC programs by strengthening the community connection. Partners provide extra technical assistance, provide programming, and often expose students to local watershed projects. All classrooms are encouraged to partner with a conservation organization (Trout Unlimited chapters, watershed associations, conservation districts, etc.)

Program Partner

--an organization or individual that actively engages TIC students in various presentations, lessons, and activities relating to the TIC program. Click here to read more about the program partner's role in TIC.

Program Sponsor

--an organization or individual that provides funding to support the TIC program in a classroom, but does not engage TIC students in other ways.

Find a potential program partner in your local area:

Community Connections

STEP 3: SECURE FUNDING

Initial program costs = $1,000-$1,500. These funds help to purchase all equipment necessary to transform a 55 gallon aquarium into a mini-coldwater ecosystem.  

  • PATU Grants: PA Trout Unlimited offers a grant to teachers already participating in the TIC program. This grant provides funding for field trips, curriculum enhancement materials, classroom supplies, and replacement equipment.
  • Additional Funding Opportunities: There are many more opportunities for funding besides a program partner or a school. There are many grants specifically available to teachers related to environmental education and conservation.

STEP 4: ORDER EQUIPMENT

Classrooms will need to order equipment in August and have all the equipment shipped to their location by September before the TIC program begins.

  • Ordering Your Equipment: A guide on how to get everything you need to set up your TIC aquarium.
  • Equipment List: This is a list of equipment that all Trout in the Classroom setups must have to sustain the program. This is helpful when deciding if you want to start a TIC in your classroom.
  • Replacement equipment costs for program continuation = $150.00 to $250.00. These funds help purchase filter sponges, filter media, water quality test kit, etc. for succeeding years.

STEP 5: REGISTER AS A TIC PARTICIPANT

  • The teacher and partnering organization must collaboratively complete the online registration form for their classroom. As a TIC participant, the classroom will receive brook trout eggs, trout food, curriculum resources, and technical support.
  • Locate an Approved Trout Water for your release day.
**Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open. Please contact the PFBC TIC Coordinator for additional information.

STEP 6: ATTEND TIC WORKSHOP

All new TIC participants should plan to attend a TIC workshop sponsored by PATU and PFBC. This workshop introduces the teachers and partners to the equipment, resources, and program activities. Click here for more information about the TIC Workshop.


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