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The North Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors two educational programs both of which focus on increasing environmental awareness among local youth and their parents. Trout in the Classroom provided the equipment and expertise required for approximately 1,650 students in 66 classrooms to raise trout from egg to fry and participate in their eventual release. First Cast introduced 150 young people to fishing through five events held last year. Please scroll down the page for details.
In 2012, we started up a new effort to take visually impaired veteran’s fishing and NBTU have hosted three outings at the Rockin’ H Ranch to get veterans some time on the water.
First Cast 2014
This year’s First Cast Day, NBTU’s 13th annual, was held at the Marin Civic Center Lagoon in San Rafael on Sep 21, and represents one of the most successful youth introductory fly fishing programs in the nation. Co-sponsored by Fish First Fly Shop in Albany and the French Cheese Factory on the Petaluma-Pt Reyes Rd., this year’s event had 114 participants, including 42 youth between 8-15 years of age.
Our North Bay Chapter has been involved with the Trout in the Classroom program for over a decade. During that time we have assisted nearly 10,000 students and teachers become more acquainted with trout, salmon, and steelhead and how they live. An over-riding goal is to help develop a sense of stewardship for the fish, their watery habitat, and our environment as a whole. We need your help!
TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM 2014
"When will the eggs arrive?"
"When will they hatch?"
"Can I take a fish home?"
"How do you tell if they are boy or girl fish?"
These are some of the questions which were asked by students across Marin and in San Francisco. The focus of their thinking is a natural part of Trout in the Classroom. NBTU sponsored 75 classrooms which studied the many and varied aspects of trout and salmon and where and how they live.
THE FLAG IS UP, AND, THEY'RE OFF!!
TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM SEASON HAS BEGUN!
Saturday, December 8, saw nearly 35 teachers from Marin, Napa, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties attend the annual area workshop for teachers new to Trout in the Classroom.
The seminar was supported by members of the Classroom Aquarium Education Project of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives of the Marin Municipal Water District, coaches and sponsors from North Bay Chapter, Napa Valley Fly Fishers, Tri Valley Fly Fishers, Diablo Valley Fly Fishers, Mission Peak Fly Fishers, and Aquarium of the Bay, altogether about 48 people were in attendance. DFG plans the agenda and the various representatives and sponsors present topics or add information throughout the day.