July 9-13, 2024
At PA BROOKIES, the brook trout serveserves as a springboard to learn about biology, stream ecology, habitat, watersheds, and coldwater conservation. After field school, armed with knowledge, leadership skills, and the support of Academy staff, students return to their communities to serve as Conservation Ambassadors.
Below are a few highlights of the PA Brookies field school curriculum.
Students collect, identify, and learn about macroinvertebrates role as indicators of stream quality.
Students explore trout anatomy and diseases through dissections led by fisheries biologists.
Students engage with professionals to learn the art of tying their own fly!
Students are mentored on how cast a fly rod and get an evening to try their hand at what they learned.
Students also prepare to become Conservation Ambassadors in their home communities through leadership skill development by engaging in mock town hall meetings, group presentations and team building exercises.
Students learn how various land management practices effect local streams and in turn watersheds.
Check out sample lectures and browse through the highlight videos below to explore the ins and outs of field school!