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DSC sponsored "Trout in the Classroom" brings trout eggs into the classrooms of East County
For the past few years the Delta Science Center (DSC) has been sponsoring classrooms throughout East Contra Costa County for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CFW) “Trout in the Classroom” program. Volunteer coaches from the DSC bring trout eggs, provided by the CFW, into the classroom and allow the students to watch the journey of trout eggs to small fish.

“This is one of our favorite programs to sponsor,” said Roni Gehlke, Delta Science Center’s executive director. “The program is not only well organized by the Fish and Wildlife folks, it is also a nice fit with the new California state school education requirements.”

Teachers, their students and DSC volunteers set up an aquarium donated by the DSC in the classroom, receive fish eggs under a special permit, and observe the fish as they hatch and develop. The experience culminates in a field trip to Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch where the fish are released. Teachers are required to complete a training workshop to receive eggs. This workshop is already completed for 2016.

In 2016 the DSC sponsored an additional five classrooms in East Contra Costa County to add to over a dozen classrooms the Center has been sponsoring for several years. “This program is a great opportunity to connect kids with nature and to learn about all fish, not just trout,” Gehlke said. The DSC is hoping to increase the amount of classrooms that are eligible for sponsorship within their area.

“It is due to the support of our sponsors and donors that we can make this program available,” Gehlke said. “We, also, wouldn’t be able to run the program without our fabulous volunteers.”

For more details see our "Trout in the Classroom" Page here.