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Trout in the Classroom

SWEP supports classroom teachers in participating in the Trout in the Classroom Program. Trout in the Classroom is a conservation-oriented, environmental education program that connects students to their local watershed.

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What is this program? Trout in the Classroom, or the Classroom Aquarium Education Program is a hands-on experience that offers students time observing and participating in a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout's life cycle. Students observe from egg to fingerlings and participate in the release into approved waterways. The Truckee Tahoe program is exciting and unique as the students get to work with a threatened trout species.

How does this program work?

This program offers students the chance to :

  • Experience real world biology and aquatic ecology

  • Monitor tank water quality

  • Study stream ecology

  • Observe and steward the life cycle of an endangered species

  • Appreciate water resources

  • Foster a conservation ethic

  • Understand ecosystem connectivity

  • Learn about conservation and the intersection between humans and the environment

This program is offered in the spring of every school year to participating teachers in the Tahoe Truckee area.  Teachers are required to attend a training and acquire the proper permits.

Who can participate in this program? The program creation will begin with 1-2 grades per level in elementary, middle and high school, continuously building upon the lessons each year until a curriculum has been developed for all K-12 grade levels.

Where is this program offered? SWEP hosts the regional program for our local schools. SWEP partners with the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex, and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Interested teachers can learn more here.

For more information contact SWEP's Project Director, Ashley Phillips, at

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