Pictured (from left): front -- Sylus Pearson, Darci Hooftallen, Isaiah Bricker, Quinn Kelly, Corryn Pearsall, Thomas Smith, Grady Gribble and Sky Stevens; middle -- Adeline Bunker, Kai Zucal, Jacob Kolby, Michael Nolder, Kaylyn Gibson, Geneva Barr-Carter and Nick Goss; back -- CCOYA director Don Bickford, Brooke Welch, Keegen Duby, Isaac Grovanz, Sophia Palumbo, Emily Oyler, Cooper Richardson, Logan Steinberg, Ben Porkolab and Conservation District director Todd Deluccia. Students in Ben Porkolab’s and Carol Wilson’s third-grade classrooms at Emporium’s Woodland Elementary School are once again raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings through the multi-agency “Trout in the Classroom” program.
Students learn about coldwater resources, conservation and related topics by monitoring the eggs until they’re ready to be released in the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek in the spring.
Pictured (from left): front -- Kendra Jackson, Michael Snyder, Maddey Thomas, Bo Pearsall, Caleb Burlingame and Keith Guynup; row 2 -- Autumn Hunt, Erynn Skillman, Kaydence Miller, Beckett Bure, Brynn Allison, Logan Bresslin, Julius Knoke and Andy Gregor; row 3 -- Sha’Quan Canrs, Ava Hilfiger, Cayden Trumpie, Macy Pearce, Daniel Pons, Trystan Gribble, Lilli Major and Jessica Lewis; back -- CCOYA director Don Bickford, Carol Wilson, and Conservation District director Todd Deluccia. The program is made possible through a partnership between the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission and Pa. Council of Trout Unlimited.
Local organizations committed to supporting the program include Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, Cameron County Conservation District and the Jim Zwald Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
The organizations provide brook trout eggs, trout food, technical assistance, curriculum connections and teacher workshops each year.