The Portland Water District facilitates the TroutKids Program for schools within the Portland Water District service area and Sebago Lake Watershed (eligibility map on left). Participating schools work with Portland Water District and partners to raise brook trout in their classroom during the winter and early spring, and release the fry in a local stream in the late spring. Portland Water District coordinates trout release field trips for a limited number of middle and/or high school classes while other teachers conduct their trout releases independently.
TroutKids exposes students to a sensitive native species that is dependent upon clean, cold Maine water. The Program provides hands-on science and stewardship opportunities while fostering knowledge about and a connection with Maine’s valuable natural resources.
TroutKids is an incredible learning opportunity with diverse teaching options. PWD commits substantial resources to TroutKids with the expectation that participating teachers will provide a rich, correlated experience for their students. Participants are responsible for the purchase and maintenance of equipment and following established timelines. The Program is not intended to provide an aquarium as a stand-alone item with no related curriculum.
Our education team has compiled and created resources related to the life cycle, anatomy, and habitat requirements of brook trout, as well as their connection to Maine, water quality, and stewardship. Resources are accessible on our Google Drive.
Information to help you on your TroutKids journey is provided in an online TroutKids Guide. While students of all ages may participate in TroutKids, this Guide is designed for middle and high school audiences. The technical information is appropriate (how to operate the tank, for example) for teachers of any age group and educational information may be modified for younger students.