Wow! So close but not explored!
Submitted by Stephanie Chamberlin on Fri, 2017-07-14 00:00
Can I just first say what a great week of learning this has been? I have so enjoyed working with Cindy, Sarah, Mary and all of my fellow teachers in this cohort. It has been fantastic, I have learned so much about the resources in our area and the importance of teaching about our socio ecological systems.
Today, I realized the availability of a resources that is litterally about 1 mile from my parents house, I have driven by it many times and not taken the time to explore or realize the great service it does. I am talking about the Nampa Fish hatchery, this would be a great place to bring students to see how the fish they catch gets into the stream they are enjoying. It is open to the public and you can explore how they raise the trout and see the different stages. Then, right across the street is a group of public ponds that they stock and that the public can fish close to home, or you can just walk the trails and watch others fish. I never knew how important the hatchery is for making available fish just for fishing. I thought they were processing them for restock of nature, but instead, these fish are just for the fisherman, indeed these fish are sterile so they do not contribute to future fish production. Since this hatchery is funded primarily by fishing licenses, it is a great motivator for you fishermen to get a licence before fishing. It is also important to note that they only stock those ponds that do not have a strong natural fish population.
So maybe a field trip to the hatchery with a side to the ponds.
What ideas do you have for getting this information to students? To help them understand there are great opportunities out thier often much closer than they thought.