Extraordinary Lower School Opportunities
Trout in the Classroom
Fourth-graders release 82 rainbow trout into the Jacobs Fork River.
In mid-May, fourth-grade Green Team members released 82 healthy rainbow trout into the Jacobs Fork River at South Mountains State Park. This is the fifth year Country Day students have participated in the hands-on education and conservation program developed by the non-profit Trout Unlimited. The program puts life sciences in the hands of our third- and fourth-grade students who, beginning in September, raise trout from eggs to fry (small fish), which are released in May.
Throughout the year, students monitor tank water quality, study stream habitat, and learn about water resources and conservation. Lower School science teacher Taryn Page said, “We are also very fortunate to have the help and support of Ray McGee from our Plant Operations staff. He is a trout expert and the children love having his help with this project.”
"What I liked most is that you could see the trout grow, because it reminded me of having a schoolwide fish family," said fourth-grader Logan Yuhas. "I definitely enjoyed the cute little fish scrambling for food and the life of the trout. It felt like a connection to everyone else."