In my March 20 blog I offered a few ideas about who might be available to help you and your students on Release Day. Those suggestions included your local Trout Unlimited liaison as well as staff associated with one of the regional "natural resources conservation district" groups. Now I want to offer two more options.
But first, a photo of the Castleton River at 1:00 pm today when the water temperature was 35 degrees!
What would you call that color? It's kind of a cross between pea soup and coffee with lots of cream. Brrr!
All across the state of Vermont you will find a variety of watershed groups. Here's a map of their distribution. I bet there's one near your school.
Many of those red dots represent groups that have a special interest in a local river. Some focus not so much on a specific river but rather on a watershed. Here are some of the rivers covered by these organizations:
Below I've provided a link to a Web page listing all these organizations as well as others.
Here's an example of the Web site of just one of these groups.
Members of the various Audubon Society chapters around the state have also in the past assisted schools with their Release Days. Here is some contact information on each of Vermont's eight Audubon Society chapters. I'll bet there's one in your neighborhood!
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.