Elma High School students planted trout at the Elma Ponds at Vance Creek Park in January. This is a cooperative program between the Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Elma Career & Technical Environment Science program at the school.
Teens are provided first-hand experience in applying classroom instruction to a real-world setting in the EHS natural resources greenhouse. Students in Tyler Renz’s environmental biology class are afforded a unique opportunity not found in many traditional biology classes — fish. These students are responsible for raising 1,000 rainbow trout to be planted in the Elma Ponds each year. Additionally, Coho salmon are raised and released along with propagating Northwest native plants for riparian restoration.
“Raising and releasing fish is necessary to maintain their population. I am glad to be a part of enhancing our environment,” said Riley Mowry, a forestry technology student.
Environmental biology and forestry technology students use technology to test water quality and growth rates. This experience provides them opportunities to develop career skills, including time management and the ability to solve problems by unconventional means.
“This project is a large responsibility that requires students coming in on the weekends and school breaks to clean tanks, test water, feed fish and manage other problems that may have arisen over the previous 24 hours,” stated Renz. “These students have done a great job and should be proud of their success.”