Mrs. Librizzi’s Students Get Hooked on Trout

Mrs. Librizzi’s Students Get Hooked on Trout
Posted on 10/16/2017
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When you think of great teaching tools, trout probably wouldn’t be the first thing to pop into your head. For Collier High School science teacher Linda Librizzi, having trout in her classroom seemed like a no brainer. On October 5th, through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife in partnership with Trout in the Classroom (TIC), Mrs. Librizzi received 350 rainbow trout eggs, a tank with all the necessary equipment, fish food, and lots of support.

Trout eggs in Collier High SchoolTIC is a science based program that teaches students the importance of cold water conservation through the process of raising trout from eggs to fingerlings. Students receive first-hand experience of the importance of clean, cold water not only for their trout but for insects and people too. Collier School is one of 31 Monmouth County schools to be a part of this creative program. Incorporated into Mrs. Librizzi’s Environmental Science classes and her Animal Lovers clubs, students study the eggs and alevin, learn about a trout’s life cycle, understand the connection between organisms in our ecosystems, and the importance of water preservation and cleanliness.

Collier School use trout to learn“Trout in the Classroom is such a great program because it connects students with real world issues, such as the importance of clean water, through hands on science,” said Jessica Griglak, Trout in the Classroom Coordinator. “It doesn’t matter whether the school is urban, suburban or rural – all of these students are learning why clean water is important for all living things – not just trout,” Ms. Griglak continued. “I am learning a lot about trout,” says Brian B., a Collier Middle School student, “like the water needs to be 52 degrees or the eggs and alevins will die. It’s a lot of fun studying them.”

Mrs. Librizzi and her students will release their trout into the Hockhocksen Brook in Tinton Falls in May of 2018 where they will grow from fingerlings into adults.