Students watching release from the bridge

Trout in the Classroom

Trout arrive on Release Day in a bucket with students from all different classes. These trout are soon to be released into a health New Jersey stream.

Trout arrive on Release Day in a bucket with students from all different classes. These trout are soon to be released into a healthy New Jersey stream.

Each year, the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, in partnership with the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife and Trout Unlimited, collaborate to provide unique hands-on learning experiences to students throughout New Jersey through Trout in the Classroom.  The main objective of this program is to provide schools with the tools and resources necessary for raising trout from fry in their classroom, while providing the educational materials to enhance their curriculum. Students care for trout in classroom tanks from egg to fingerling. Each spring, the trout are released into a healthy New Jersey stream.

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is happy to sponsor four tanks in Ocean County schools each year at Stafford Intermediate School, Berkeley Township Elementary School, New Egypt High School and Lakewood High School.  Students who have a tank in their classroom have the unique hands-on opportunity to raise fish from eggs, maintain water quality, learn more about stream habitats, and gain a better understanding of ecosystems while fostering a stronger conservation ethic and appreciation for natural resources.

Trout are released into the headwaters of the Toms River at the Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson, NJ.

Trout are released into the headwaters of the Toms River at the Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson, NJ.

Read more information about how to register your classroom to be a part of the Trout in the Classroom program.

Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002