California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Bay Delta Region CAEP

Trout in the Classroom

Serving Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties

Parameters for Partners


Trout in the Classroom is a community-based program which allows students to experience first hand the delicate balance needed for animals to survive in aquatic ecosystems. Using eggs provided by a hatchery, classes set-up and maintain an aquarium for the purpose of observing the development of fish from the eyed-egg stage until they become young fry. Students engage in course of study which supports the leaning experience across curriculum area. This program is run cooperatively by local schools, fishing clubs and government agencies.


  • Provide a positive learning program for classrooms on the value of aquatic ecosystems through the hatching and release of trout.
  • Help students learn about their local watershed and how human activities affect the quality of water in local streams, lakes and the bay
  • Provide support to teachers to enable them to participate in this learning experience.
  • Fulfill the goals and objectives of each partner

Roles of Partners

The following parameters outline the roles partners play in development of a trout in the classroom program.

  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • Coordinate program
    • Provide copies of manuals and brochures
    • Provide eggs
    • Authorize release sites and provide copies of permits to qualified teachers
    • Assist in locating possible funding sources for equipment
    • Advertise training and provide resource materials
    • Operate program under guidelines set out in CDFW Operations Manual
  • Fly-fishing Club
    • Assist at teacher training workshops
    • Provide in-class support to teachers (setting up aquarium, maintaining eggs and fish, troubleshooting problems)
    • Assist class with release of fry
    • Provide financial assistance to school to cover cost of equipment or provide equipment on loan
    • Pick up eggs from CDFW and deliver to schools
    • Assist teacher in completing and returning the Permit form 772.
    • Assist teacher in inuring all stipulations of the Permit 772 are followed.
    • Complete and return other required paperwork and forms provided by CDFW
  • Teacher
    • Attend and participate in a training to become certified
    • Apply for and follow limits of the permit form 772
    • Provide classroom space for aquarium
    • Ensure the eggs and fish are properly cared for and released according to their permit
    • Return permit as stipulated
    • Provide classroom activities related to habitat, fish and conservation to support the classroom activity of hatching the eggs
    • Complete and return other required paperwork and forms provided by CDFW
  • Local Park or water district
    • Complete and return other required paperwork and forms provided by CDFW
    • Co-lead (with other partners) training sessions
    • Provide naturalist to assist teachers as able
    • Provide educational resources to teachers
    • Host workshop

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San Francisco Bay Area Partners

  • Alameda Creek Alliance
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Delta Science Center
  • Diablo Valley Fly Fishermen
  • East Bay Regional Park District
  • Friends of Lake Chabot (Vallejo)
  • Grizzly Peak Fly Fishers
  • Golden West Womens Flyfishers
  • Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Marin Municipal Water District
  • Mission Peak Fly Anglers
  • Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Education Program
  • Napa Valley Fly Fishers
  • North Bay Trout Unlimited
  • Northern California Federation of Fly Fishers
  • Peninsula Fly Fishers
  • Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited
  • Russian River Wild Steelhead Society
  • Shorebird Nature Center
  • Sonoma County Water Agency
  • The Bay Institute
  • Tracy Fly Fishers
  • Tri-Valley Fly Fishers

Does your business, organization or fishing club want to join the team?
Call Ethan Rotman at (415) 892-0460 or email