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Forest Park students learn stewardship through trout rearing

Forest Park science teacher Erich Ziegler and his students reared trout in their classroom this year. “The relevancy of this hands-on project is tremendous, with students having an opportunity to practice ‘real science’ and play a role in the development of a local organism,” Ziegler said. Trout eggs were collected and raised in the science classroom over the course of the year. Developed trout fingerlings were released this spring in a local watershed. “Iron County, which is surrounded by Blue-Ribbon trout streams and quality trout lakes, provides a perfect setting for students to become engaged and better understand the world around them, so that they can begin to develop a lifelong sense of ecological stewardship and appreciation,” Ziegler said. Funding from Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County helped make the project possible. (submitted photos)