Virginia TIC has included a wonderful comprehensive TIC/SIC history in their latest curriculum guide.

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) programs have been in place all across the country for more than 30 years, the results of numerous collaborations between teachers, volunteers, government agencies, and local organizations including (but not limited to) Trout Unlimited.  The programs were designed specifically for teachers who wanted to incorporate more environmental education into their curriculum. 

North American history of TIC/SIC

  • Started in Canada with salmon in the 1970s
  • Spread to California in the 1980s (probably also still
  • Jumped to northern New Jersey in 1991 (Maryellen
    Soriano; brook trout)
  • Trout Unlimited hired a staff person in 2004 to coordinate the program in NYC.
  • Spread rapidly back and forth across the country,
    ultimately to 5,100 schools in 33 states as of 2017. 

TIC in New York

In 1997, TIC was started in New York through the efforts of the late Joan Stoliar, volunteers from Trout Unlimited (TU) and the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers in 1997.  Participating students from K-12 learn the importance of water quality and connect with their watershed by raising trout from eggs to fingerlings and then releasing them in a clean, cold stream in the spring. Since its inception, TIC in NY has grown from four classrooms to more than 200. This rapid growth is a testament to the program’s adaptability, effectiveness, and ability to interest students of all ages and backgrounds.

In 2004, Trout Unlimited hired a full-time TIC Coordinator based in New York City.  This Coordinator oversees New York's statewide program and provides the support that teachers need to plan and implement Trout in the Classroom. The Coordinator supplies some resource materials, organizes teacher conferences in the fall and spring, supports communication within the network of almost 200 teachers, and visits classrooms to lead educational activities. TIC teachers rely on the Coordinator and program material--such as the newsletter, website, and everyday correspondence via phone and e-mail--to maintain their trout tanks and enrich their classroom programs.

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