FISH IN THE CLASSROOM
For over 25 years member club of Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers (NCCFFF) have been supporting teachers that hatch fish in their classrooms. In recognition of the long term commitment to advancing student knowledge of aquatic ecosystems, the Aquatic Resource Educators Association (AREA) conferred upon NCCFFF and its member clubs an award for outstanding achievement for their efforts in aquatic education.
AREA is a national organization of Professional Aquatic Educators working for fish and wildlife agency across the United States. Inn 2012, AREA selected one program for recognition and this one program is the California fish in the classroom programs supported by NCCFFF.
Ethan Rotman, Classroom Aquarium Education Program coordinator for California Department of Fish & Wildlife nominated NCCFFF and had the honor of presenting the award to the NCCFFF and its affiliate clubs.
“This program of hatching fish in classrooms is one of the best models for creating stewards of our watersheds” Rotman stated when he presented the award. “Through the process of learning what fish need to survive, nurturing the eggs and fish, and ultimately releasing the fry, the kids connect what they know in their head with what they feel in their heart.”
“This program exists today in large part due to of the hard work, time, money, and devotion of fly-fisherman.”
“We fully recognize it is the individual clubs and their members that have earned this award” chimed in NCCFFF President Ken Brunskill. “We applaud those individuals for their visionary work protecting our rivers.” The award was given to NCCFFF as it is an umbrella organization that includes most of the individual clubs that have been involved in the program.
In 2013, over 750 classrooms in Northern California participated in this program.
For more information, visit www.classroomaquarium.org.