Vermont’s Trout in the Classroom Program


Shown here: Students from the Middletown Springs.

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SWVT’s Joe Mark and the VT TIC program featured on PEG TV!


A great look into Middletown Springs Elementary School’s TIC program. A whopping 38 classrooms throughout Vermont are involved in TU’s Trout in Classroom program!


Click HERE to take a look at Vermont’s TIC website.


2016 Annual Conservation Banquet!! 4/30/16

We invite you to join us at the
2016 Annual Conservation Banquet!

The Southwestern Vermont Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting its Annual Conservation Banquet on Saturday, April 30th, at The Equinox Resort in historic Manchester, Vermont. As a non-profit conservation organization, we have relied on this event over the years to support the Chapter’s local river conservation projects and youth education programs. Help us celebrate all we have accomplished together and support our continued work to restore and protect our local trout streams and educate the next generation of river stewards.

$45 per person and must be purchased in advance. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card through the PayPal button below. Please be sure to tell us the names of each ticket holder, as tickets will be picked up at the door.

Buy Tickets to Annual Banquet



You can also mail your payment to:
Southwestern Vermont Trout Unlimited
PO Box 88
Manchester, VT 05254

This event will sell out! Tickets must be purchased in advance, so don’t wait until the last minute.

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
We will have a cocktail hour from 5-6pm with a cash bar. Dinner will begin at 6:30pm and we will have both raffles and a silent auction.

The Colonnade
The Equinox Resort | Manchester, VT

This not-to-be-missed event is open to the public! Everyone is welcome.

Special Guest Speaker
This year we are excited to have special guest speaker, Gordon Batcheller, a career wildlife professional.








Gordon Batcheller
Executive Secretary,
Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies


Door Prize!
Just by joining us, you will be entered to win an Orvis 8′ 4-weight Superfine Carbon Outfit!

Raffle and Silent Auction Items
We have started to receive some very exciting donations from both near and far.

The list goes on and on! There is SO MUCH MORE!!!  Get your tickets now.
Cash, check, and credit cards accepted as payment for silent auction items and raffle ticket purchases.

If you would like to make a donation to the raffle or auction prizes, please contact Jackie Jordan at

Trout In The Classroom featured on WCAX!

Our own Joe Mark, dedicated Board Member and Vermont’s TIC Coordinator, took to the snowy roads this past January to personally deliver trout eggs to all the TIC classrooms in our region (and a bit beyond).

He was 1 volunteer. 9.5 hours. 221.8 miles. 5 schools. 1 slice of pizza. 1 thermos of coffee. 1 liter of water. 900 eggs!!

Way to go Joe! SWVT TU and all participating TIC classrooms across Vermont thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this program.

Click HERE to see the Castleton Village School’s TIC program featured on WCAX!

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Joe Mark taking a autumn hike with his grandchildren.

Trout in the Classroom

A flagship program of Trout Unlimited’s Youth Education efforts, Trout (or Salmon) in the Classroom (TIC or SIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades K-12 .

  • raise trout from eggs to fry.
  • monitor tank water quality.
  • engage in stream habitat study.
  • learn to appreciate water resources.
  • begin to foster a conservation ethic.
  • grow to understand ecosystems.

Most programs end the year by releasing their trout in a state-approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed.

Trout in the ClassroomDuring the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs.  Therefore, each program is unique.  TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.

Check out the Trout in the Classroom website for more information.