Classroom teaching culminates with trout release

More than 160 small trout hatchlings, some just an inch or so long, were set loose Tuesday into a creek at Lions Park in West Liberty for a life in the Mad River watershed.

It may be a short life as some will fall prey to larger fish. But it’s part of a Trout Unlimited program to educate students about cold water habitats and give them a chance to apply scientific principles.

Fourth-grade students from Benjamin Logan Elementary School released the hatchlings one at a time, leaning into the creek from a walk bridge to ease the trout into their new home.

The school is one of six districts sponsored by the Madmen Chapter of Trouts Unlimited, said Don Dean of Columbus.

Fourth-grade teacher Bruce Smith said the district’s program involves fourth-graders, seventh-graders and the high school. A group of 25 fourth- and fifth-graders also have an after-school club that takes a closer look at aquatic life.



A trout hatchling slips off the brim of a cup Tuesday during the release of about 200 trout into a creek at Lions Park in West Liberty. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)


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