Fish in Schools (FinS)

The FinS program is a unique hands-on opportunity for Alberta’s students to raise trout in the classroom! This sought-after program directly engages students and teachers from across Alberta with unique educational tools that support the delivery of science and nature topics.

Over a five-month period (January through May), students and teachers work together to raise 65 rainbow trout in their own classroom. Students monitor and participate in fish care to raise the fish from egg to fry, and release them into provincially-approved water bodies.

Students learn about healthy aquatic ecosystems, environmental stewardship and fisheries stocking. FinS is not only an educational program for students and teachers, but also a way of forming a personal connection with nature and its wildlife.

Program Guidelines

Student acclimatizing fish prior to releasing into an approved waterbody.

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are open September 1 – 30, 2022

To be considered for the FinS program, a school requires two project coordinators, and must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a school residing in Alberta;
  • Be in good standing with FinS (applicable to past participants);
  • Signed consent from the school principal; and
  • Agree to the finical responsibilities of the program; and
  • Signed program guidelines acknowledging important program dates, required training and requirements.
  • To review the Program Guidelines please visit:

Please use the Q&A tool on the Education Portal if you have any further questions about the program.

Learning Opportunities

Rainbow trout alevin raised in the FinS aquarium at Bow Habitat Station.

The FinS program inspires students to reflect on the balancing of social, economic and recreational values of Alberta's natural resources. Encouraging teachers and students to consider their role in maintaining Alberta's fisheries and aquatic habitats for future generations.

The FinS program aligns with learning objectives identified in Alberta Education’s general curriculum, including, but not limited to:

  • A trout’s life cycle;
  • Adaptations;
  • Healthy aquatic habitats; and
  • Water quality.

The FinS program also provides special guest virtual presentations to expand the learning opportunities of students in the program.

For further questions regarding the FinS program:

Fish in Schools Program: Shortlisted for an Emerald Award for environmental programming

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Updated: Aug 2, 2022