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.
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:
Please use the Q&A tool on the Education Portal if you have any further questions about the program.
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;
- 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:
Updated: Aug 2, 2022