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A Century of Hatcheries Catch Trout in the Classroom

For more than 100 years, Idaho has raised trout for anglers in hatcheries. Now, teachers are learning how to raise trout in the classroom. Idaho Fish and Game will be offering "WILD About Trout in the Classroom," a workshop designed for educators to learn about raising fish in a classroom aquarium with their students. The workshop, on February 1 and 2, will detail tank set-up and operation, fish biology and ecology. The workshop will be at the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University in Pocatello and will include a tour of the "Century of Fish Hatcheries" exhibit and a tour of the American Falls Hatchery. In 1907, the first state-owned hatchery opened its doors at Hay Spur in central Idaho to produce trout for nearby waters, triggering a rich history of producing fish for anglers all over the state. The display features a wealth of history - artifacts, documents, photos and memoirs. For more information on the museum go to: http://imnh.isu.edu/ Workshop participants will receive a full curriculum guide packed with various innovative activities tied to aquatic education. These activities have applications in science, math, art, language, and reading. The registration fee for this workshop is $20. As an option, participants can attend the workshop for college credit at an additional cost. An outside assignment will be required for those who are taking the workshop for credit. The workshop will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 1, and continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 2. To register for WILD About Trout in the Classroom, please contact the Fish and Game office in Pocatello at 208-232-4703 or register by clicking on the "Trout in the Classroom" link from this page: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/education/project_wild/. Please see our video feature story here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/news/video/education/hatchmuseum/vid1_18_08.cfm.