Published DateWATERVILLE VALLEY — The Margret and H.A. Rey Center Art Gallery opens a new art exhibit on Friday March 22, entitled "Fish Go To School", which is a Waterville Valley Elementary School Student Art Exhibit.
As part of the project, "Trout in the Classroom", this exhibit is the result of a collaborative project between the Rey Center, the Pemigewasset Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the NH Fish and Game Dept.'s Watershed Education Program, Local Artist, Dianne Taylor Moore and the Waterville Valley Elementary
School students. This exhibit runs through May 11.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m Wednesday-Saturday, March 15-March 30 and Saturdays, April 6-May 11.
An opening reception will be held Friday, March 22 from 8-9:30 a.m. For more information contact the
Trout in the Classroom is a conservation-oriented environmental education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Through the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and then release them into approved cold water streams and lakes. This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources.
On January 16, brook trout eggs from the Berlin Fish Hatchery arrived at Waterville Elementary School and were placed in a 55 gallon tank. The tank is kept cool with a chiller that was donated by the Pemigewasset
chapter of Trout Unlimited.
With the help of the Rey Center's Education Coordinator, Leigh Ann Reynolds, the students learn about what conditions it takes for the survival of the fish while monitoring the temperature, pH, nitrite, and ammonia levels in the tank. The eggs have all hatched and the "brookies" are in what is called the "alevin" stage of development. They are surviving off their yolk sacs now, but will soon swim up looking for food. Using the temperature data and a development chart students calculate that the "alevin" will swim up around March 29.
The brook trout will be released into the Mad River when conditions are right.
Throughout this project students created art work with the help of Sara Nicolaisen (WVES art teacher) and Dianne Taylor Moore (local artist). The students' work reflects what they have learned while raising trout. Visit the Margret and H.A. Rey Center to learn about the Trout in the Classroom project, the life cycle of brook trout and the local watershed.
Margret and H.A. Rey Center Art Gallery opens a new art exhibit on Friday March 22, entitled "Fish Go To School", which is a Waterville Valley Elementary School Student Art Exhibit. (Courtesy photo)