Welcome to the Mary Hogan Trout In the Classroom webpage.  It is here tha

Mary Hogan Trout In the Classroom

students will be collecting data, drawing conclusions based on the results, and sharing any updates (including pictures and videos) on our blog.  If you have found our webpage please feel free to comment on our work, offer advice or words of encouragement, but above all, be consistent with our school rules (be responsible, respectful, kind, and safe).  

We are in our 4th year of the project and if everything goes as in the past we expect to learn and experience some pretty amazing things. The biggest challenge we have is to replicate in a 55-gallon aquarium, as best as we are able, the same environment a brook trout would be experiencing in nature.  This means careful monitoring of the water quality, temperature, and amount of light the eggs and trout receive.  I meet with a small group of students each school day where they go through a series of water tests and analyze the results.  This year you will be able to see the results for each of the tests on this website and follow their analysis via our blog.  

Throughout the process students learn about the role brook trout play in a healthy ecosystem, ways in which slight variations the ecosystem's chemistry, physical structure, or biological composition can have significant ramifications, and the slow and purposeful process that occurs each day in nature.  In fact, brook trout are purposely chosen for this project because they are so sensitive to changes, which allows for great teachable moments.  It doesn't hurt that brook trout are the only trout native to Vermont. Perhaps the biggest surprise for students (and adults) is how long it takes for the trout to come out of their eggs and how little they have grown during their time with us.  In some ways it's a life lesson to exercise patience; nature follows its own schedule and does not believe in instant gratification.