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Trout in the Classroom!

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This year Mrs. Lancaster’s 6th grade Science class at the Valentine Middle School is participating in the “Nebraska Trout in the Classroom Project” funded by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Sandhills Prairie Refuge Association (SPRA). Students are raising trout from eggs to fingerlings, monitoring tank water quality, acquiring an appreciation for water resources, engaging in stream habitat study, and understanding conservation and ecosystem connectivity. The trout eggs arrived on Jan. 16 after being delayed by the snowstorm the week before.  The trout have completed the alevin stage, where they hatched, and then swam with an egg sac attached to their bellies. The egg sacs provided nutrients to each trout for a couple of weeks. Once the egg sac had been absorbed, the trout in the fry stage were ready to be fed. Currently the trout are in the fingerling stage, and are doing very well. To culminate the project students will dissect trout provided by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and then release the trout that were raised in the classroom this year.