While the students didn’t actually fish, they did have the opportunity to take a stock of rainbow trout they have been nurturing in their classroom at the school and carefully drop them into the Jordan River at Millrace Park in Taylorsville. Thanks to a Jordan Education Foundation grant, Mrs. McKnight was able to get rainbow trout eggs from a local hatchery. Students learned the lifecycle of the rainbow trout, why keeping fish plentiful in our rivers is important, as well as lessons about how the fish grow and live in our ecosystem.
After the rainbow trout were big enough to sustain themselves in an aquarium at Hayden Peak, the class took a field trip to launch their fish friends into the river. Now that’s a big fish story the students will not soon forget!