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Fish in Schools (FinS): Raise to Release Program

The FinS program is a unique opportunity for Alberta’s students to raise trout in the classroom! Over five months, students and teachers work together to maintain and monitor the development of rainbow trout – from egg to fry – in a classroom aquarium.

Students will learn about healthy aquatic ecosystems, environmental stewardship and fisheries stocking before releasing their fry into a provincially approved waterbody.

Learning Opportunities

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

The FinS program aligns with learning objectives identified in Alberta Education’s general curriculum, including:

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

Program Guidelines

Student acclimatizing fish prior to releasing into an approved waterbody.

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

  • Be in good standing with FinS (applicable to past participants);
  • Signed consent from the school principal; and
  • Signed program guidelines acknowledging important program dates, required training and requirements.
  • Project applications will be available in the fall of 2021.

For further questions regarding the FinS program:


Updated: Jun 23, 2021