Bow Habitat Station is temporarily closed to the public until further notice due to the mandatory, province-wide restrictions that are in effect due to COVID-19.

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.

Follow along with current FinS program participants:

FinS Aquarium live stream:

Program Guidelines

Student acclimatizing fish prior to releasing into an approved waterbody.

The program is currently underway for the 2020-2021 school year.

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 for the 2021-2022 school year will be available in Spring 2021.

For further questions regarding the FinS program:

Updated: Mar 23, 2021