Order your eggs now!
Recently Tom Jones, of Vermont Fish and Wildlife, sent out a list of schools that have requested eggs. I forwarded that list as an e-mail attachment to all Vermont TIC participants on November 27. If you weren't on the list, please order your eggs ASAP using the application available in this Google Docs folder
Detailed instructions on installing foam
Through the wizardry of Bob Wible, it's possible to insulate a 55-gallon tank with a single 4' X 8' sheet of foam board. You can find Bob's instructions here.
Bob buys 1 3/8"Tuff-R poly insulation at Home Depot. It has foil on both sides. He also purchases (at Ace hardware) a 50-yard roll of 1.88" wide foil for each tank installation.
Some set-up advice from our most senior salmonid raiser
Trip Westcott raised salmon at the Lothrop School in Pittsfield, Vermont, for over a quarter century, making him (as far as I know) the most experienced TIC/SIC teacher in the state. After Trip retired in June 2015, he donated his very well-used equipment to our Vermont TIC program. (It's now back in use in Danielle Levine's classroom at The Schoolhouse Learning Center in Burlington.)
Here are a few of Trip's set-up suggestions.
Current list of TIC schools and teachers
A few schools that decided late in the season to try to join the TIC program found that they would not be able to pull it off this year. Even so, we have 66 Vermont schools participating in the 2016-2017 TIC program. Thanks to a grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, South Royalton School has two tanks, one high school tank and one in middle school, so that brings our tank total to 67. This is 30 more than we had last year!
In addition, because many schools have two or more teachers collaborating on the TIC program, this year 93 Vermont teachers are doing TIC.
You can find the latest list here.
Joe Mark, Lead Facilitator, Vermont Trout in the Classroom
In June 2012, I retired after 40 years in higher education, having spent the last 32 years of my career as dean at Castleton. One of the first things I volunteered to do in retirement was to work with Jim Mirenda to help the Dorset School, where his kids and my Vermont grandkids attend, start a TIC program. Gradually that commitment grew into my current role, which is both demanding and highly rewarding.