Fish in Schools (FinS)

The FinS program is a unique opportunity to raise trout in your school’s 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. At the end of the program, schools release their fry into a provincially-approved waterbody.

Program Learning Opportunities

FinS aquarium with the Bow Habitat Station logo in background and small trout swimming in water

The program is a useful resource tool that aligns with learning objectives identified in Alberta Education’s general curriculum, including:

  • A fish’s life cycle;
  • Adaptations;
  • Aquatic habitats; and
  • Water quality.

Overall, FinS aims to instil a sense of environmental stewardship in all participants.

Follow along with current FinS program participants:

Program Guidelines

Two women holding plastic baggies with a small amount of water and a trout in them.

NOTE: Participation in this program is currently at capacity for the 2018-2019 school year. The FinS program is under review to allow for a larger capacity in coming years.

To be considered for the FinS program, two applicants are required from the same school, and must fit 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 and requirements.

Note: If you are a past participant of the program, the 2018-2019 application renewal form will be emailed to you by September 14, 2018.

For further questions regarding the FinS program:


Updated: Sep 6, 2018