Trout in the classroom project reels in Lake Elmo students

May 15, 2017

A classroom project on fish culminated at the Vermillion River for fifth graders from Lake Elmo Elementary. The students released hundreds of rainbow trout last week after raising them from eggs. They have been studying the fish for the past five months as they grew in a 75 gallon aquarium in their classroom. Students learned how to sample water chemistry and temperature, and learned about fish biology. Lake Elmo was one of just 18 schools in Minnesota that took part in the DNR program. Teacher Emily Heilhecker said she applied for a grant from the nonprofit Minnesota Trout Unlimited to get her students more interested in the environment. For photos visit our Facebook page.