July 20-24, 2021
At PA BROOKIES, the brook trout serve 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.
Students explore trout anatomy and diseases through dissections led by fisheries biologists.
Students collect, identify, and learn about macroinvertebrates’ role as indicators of stream quality.
Students learn how various land management practices effect local streams and in turn watersheds.
All week long, students engage with professionals in the conservation field including individuals from the PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA DEP, Clinton County Conservation District, PA Council of Trout Unlimited and more!
Students are mentored on how to tie flies and 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.