PENNSYLVANIA, Cambria County CD, Somerset CD – Dodging raindrops, fifth- and sixth-grade students from Divine Mercy Catholic Academy released roughly 50 brook trout into Bens Creek at Ferndale Sportsmen’s Club as part of the Trout in the Classroom program, which teaches students how to care for the fish from the egg phase to fingerlings.
The program was being held in partnership with Brandywine Conservancy with support from the Cambria County Conservation District, Stonycreek Conemaugh River Improvement Project, Somerset Conservation District, Mountain Laurel Trout Unlimited and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
Marian Cyburt, fifth- and sixth-grade science teacher at DMCA’s East campus, said the program provides students with an experience where they learn by doing.
“The fish tanks are integrated into our classrooms so that students can watch the fish grow, observe changes to their habitats, monitor the water quality and see how water quality can affect aquatic life for better or worse,” she said. “The point of the program is to learn about the life cycle of the trout, conservation and water quality.”