On May 21, trout were planted in Fortune Pond in Crystal Falls by Erich Ziegler’s science classes from Forest Park as part of the Trout in the Classroom project. Stocking the three to five inch trout fingerlings completed a classroom experience that began when rainbow trout eggs were obtained and hatched in the classroom last fall. The resulting trout fingerlings were reared in a large chilled aquarium in the classroom during the winter and spring. This project featured the sixth grade science class with assistance from a number of older students. Ziegler obtained funding for this project from Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County.
He developed his own trout curriculum to allow the students to learn all the aspects of raising trout and then maintaining local trout fisheries with them. “The students thoroughly enjoyed this project, and it helped them develop a lifelong ecological appreciation and sense of resource stewardship,” said Ziegler. “Fortune Pond was developed by the DNR and local sports groups as a youth-oriented, easily accessible trout fishery. It seems appropriate that students reared trout to put back into this popular fishery.” (Bill Ziegler photo)