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Trout in the Community We have fry (and resources)!

We have some “fry” in the aquarium!  As we wrote about earlier, Angler’s Covey is proud to host the Trout in the Community educational program for the Pikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  This program allows classroom teachers and homeschool families to study the life cycle, habitat, and behaviors of trout.  Whether an avid fly fisher, a future fly fisher, an environmentalist, or a student of biology, students in the Pikes Peak region can take advantagve of these resources for their learning experience.

At the “fry” stage, the small fish have eaten their yolk sac from the alevin stage and now move from the bottom of the river (or our tank) towards the light. The fry begin to feed on tiny insects in the water.

Mortality rates at this highly vulnerable stage are very high. The fry are just a few centimeters long and consume a lot of energy, so they need to find food quickly, and plenty of it. In the wild, they also become territorial and want to be out of sight of other fry, so they need habitat that has plenty of stones and plants to enable them to hide from the neighbors. The transition from living off the yolk to independent feeding is a critical life stage, and the one at which the majority of mortality takes place.

Our Trout in the Community aquarium is located in the front entrance of Angler’s Covey.  When you come by, we ask that you honor our COVID-19 protocols:  wear a mask, do your best to socially distance as you observe the aquarium, and be courteous of our customers as they enter and exit the store.

The lesson plans and activity ideas below are all shared by TIC teachers for the benefit of TIC educators everywhere; please feel free to use these ideas in educational settings and modify them to suit your needs. If you would like to publish these plans and activities elsewhere, please credit Trout Unlimited, in addition to any credits noted on each activity plan.

Science (links)

Social Studies (links)

Language Arts

  • Are there any special trout in your tank? Why are they special?
  • What do you think the trout see when they look out of the tank? What are they thinking?
  • How have the trout changed over the past few months? What is the same?
  • How do you feel about our upcoming release of trout? Why?
  • What advice would you give our trout on their way to their new home?
  • What did you see while releasing our trout? How did they behave?
  • How did you feel about releasing our trout? Why?
  • What was the most important thing you learned from raising trout?


Fine Arts

Physical Education

Field Day Ideas

Technology & Engineering

Colorado Lesson Plans

These lesson plans were created by volunteers, teachers, and coordinators who participate in TIC in Colorado

Estes Park Elementary – 3rd Grade – Created by Joe Bottoms

Link to lesson plans

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