Students from Highland Park High School released young fish into the ravine stream at Rosewood Park Beach. The students have been raising the young Rainbow Trout in their classrooms since November. The fish release event is a culmination of “Trout in the Classroom,” a partnership between the Park District of Highland Park, Highland Park High School , and the Gary Borger Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the local arm of the national conservation organization which sponsored the purchase of food, tank and equipment for the fish. The fish eggs were supplied by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The fish release event was staffed by from Heller Nature Center and the Park District’s Natural Areas Program. The High School students have been involved in the project since 2012.
“Keeping our natural waters healthy is important,” said Rebecca Grill, Natural Areas Manager for the Park District of Highland Park. “Rainbow Trout can return to their ‘natal’ stream after reaching maturity. Our hope is that these fish will come back in a few years to spawn in our ravines. If they do, it will be an indicator that the ravines are a healthy habitat for local wildlife.”
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