Our educational tours are for groups of any kind. We ask for large groups to have extra chaperones to help bait hooks. The typical tour takes an hour with your group eating lunch either before or after your scheduled time. Your tour starts out with one of our staff going over the rules of our farm as well as safety directions for how to handle their fishing pole so nobody gets ‘caught’ by another student. Next, we talk about the life cycle and habitat of a rainbow trout, its predators and what types of predators are found at the farm. We give some history of the trout farms existence and introduce our staff that will be helping them for the day. Our tour guide will then take you to a specific pond and help all students catch one fish. Once students catch their fish, they can play in the playground while they wait for everyone to catch one. Once all the fish are caught, your guide will ‘put to sleep’, gut, and clean every fish, explaining the anatomy of the fish. A favorite part of the tour is to see the fish heart and it’s magic….no spoiler here.
After fish are cleaned, your guide will take you up to our rearing ponds or raceway to see our current fish as we are growing them to one day be in our pond. Students get a chance to feed the fish at this point. Once feeding fish is over, students wash up and either stay for lunch, play on playground, or head home depending on the time. We will bag fish individually and keep in our freezer until it is time to go.