Welcome to the 2013 - 2014
6th Grade Montgomery School
Trout in the Classroom Wiki!
http://montgomeryschooltrout.wikispaces.com/
Montgomery School's participation in the Trout In the Classroom program was made possible through a unique partnership between PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Council of Trout Unlimited. This partnership, coupled with assistance from local conservation organizations, was created to introduce Pennsylvania students to Coldwater resources and their importance to all communities. The partnership also provides brook trout eggs, trout food, technical assistance, curriculum connections and teacher workshops each year.

Montgomery School is grateful to the Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the PA Council of Trout Unlimited, and the PA Fish and Boat Commission for their assistance and support with the Trout in the Classroom program.




We will continue with our embedded "live Water Chemistry data form" that we initiated in 2010. This is where students will be posting the results of our water quality tests and it will update automatically to this website. To see our Water Chemistry results, please click on the navigation link, "Trout Tank Water Testing Results" on the left side near the top of this page.

We will also be continuing our use of the "Current Egg~Trout Population Status" page to provide a real-time count of our Brook Trout population.

This Wiki is a work in progress, so please pardon the dust from our construction efforts. Check back often to see the changes.

Montgomery School has adopted the Pickering Creek that runs through our property. As stewards of the creek we participate in the monitoring of the creek annually. Our data can be viewed at the World Water Monitoring Day Website (WWMD LINK). You can see great data records on the WWMD Data Map.





The 6th Grade students at Montgomery School are continuing their studies of how human activities affect our watersheds this year. Our goal is to learn how to be better stewards of the watersheds on our planet, and create solutions and habits that we can all do to help preserve and improve the quality of our freshwater streams and rivers. This is our Journal:



The Trout cam is back! The Fry are past the swim-up stage and actively eating!









April 22nd, 2014
178 Trout Fingerlings were released into the Pickering Creek by the 6th Graders and their 1st Grade Buddies.



Dec 21st - Our tank has finished cycling and the Nitrite & Ammonia levels have decreased. Our experiment with growing watercress did not fair well due to a lack of light and warmth, but now that the Fry can handle light, we will try again after the New Year. We experienced a small die-off this year (about 15 fry), and there are still a few fry alive with birth defects, but much less than previous years (although we had half as many eggs to start with). Our stream testing went well and our results should be posted soon!



Nov. 17th - Today we learned that the Brook Trout are not the only species in North America in trouble! Visit this link to learn more about a cousin of the Brook Trout out West!
NPR Report - Climate Change Threatens Iconic Trout of the American West


Nov. 12th - we removed 3 dead eggs today. Many more eggs have hatched (approx. 40).

Nov. 5th 2013 - The Trout Eggs arrived on a Teacher In-service day. FIVE 6th graders came to school on their day off to help count and process the eggs. 284 Trout eggs arrived in our package delivered by our Montgomery School Headmaster, Mr. Conklin!

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24 eggs were DOA (Dead on Arrival). 260 live eggs were added to the net breeder in the tank. Of these, one was already hatched and one was half hatched. The Current Egg~Trout Population Status Page is LIVE (as is the tank chemistry results).
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Oct. 11th - the 6th Grade Students worked feverishly to assemble the Trout Tank, fill the tank with water from our Rain Barrel, and get the filters running. We will test the water quality next week, add the biological bacteria to initiate the cycling of nutrients in the tank, and turn the chiller on to make sure we are ready for the EGG ARRIVAL on Nov. 5th or 6th!!!




Sept. 26th - the 6th Grade traveled to Stroud Water Research Center to learn how scientists study water around the world and work to protect our aquatic resources. They also visited the Dansko Corporate Offices to learn how one company took responsibility for protecting their local watershed, along with many other things that they do to help their community, their employees, and the planet.


Sept 1st, 2013 - Our new batch of Sustainable Watershed Stewards arrived to begin 6th Grade. These bright eyed students (without bushy tails?) had heard about out Trout in the Classroom Project and were excited to see the tank - but confused when they saw it was dismantled and in "storage."