Fishy fun: Lander sixth-graders adopt trout, learn about tracking techniques

Lander sixth-grader Max Mazurie measured a fish with the help of a Wyoming Game & Fish employee. (Joshua Scheer photo)

By Joshua Scheer, reporter,

(Lander, Wyo.) – A group of sixth-graders from Lander Middle School went on a field trip this afternoon to the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River at the WYPO bridge.

With the help of Trout Unlimited, Popo Agie Anglers, Wyoming Game & Fish and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the students learned hands-on how the agencies catch, tag and track fish. There were four different stations that the children visited in small groups, which also included a bit about learning to identify different types of insects.

Teacher Gayla Hammer said the expedition was part of a project-based learning class. She said the class will adopt trout, name them and track them through a partnership with Trout Unlimited.

The experience gives the children a learning experience that they will remember, and opens them up for learning about different careers, Hammer said.

George Hunker, in the white hat, taught the class about different insects in the area. (Joshua Scheer photo)

The class watched while Paul Gerrity installed a tracking device in a trout. (Joshua Scheer photo)

Leslie Cain and Caleb Huelskamp used telemetry equipment to find a hidden tracking device. (Joshua Scheer photo)