Chapter Conservation


ESCTU and Trout in the Classroom

ESCTU is and has been a proud supporter and active participant in New Jersey's successful Trout in the Classroom program (TIC for short) since 2006. Our chapter has purchased equipment, supplied technical support and delivers eggs to our participating schools. ESCTU currently supports a dozen aquariums at 11 schools throughout central New Jersey (see the school list below). Our chapter will also be welcoming Haddonfield Memorial High School to the program in the fall of 2019.

ESCTU believes that educating our youth on the importance of cold water conservation is critical to preserving our states watersheds as well as the heritage of trout fishing in the Garden State for future generations.

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a science-based program that teaches children about the importance of cold-water conservation through a hands-on approach to learning. Through the process of raising trout from eggs provided by the Pequest Trout Hatchery to fingerling size for release, students learn about the importance of clean, cold water, not only for the trout they are raising, but also for the other organisms, including people.

The TIC program is cross-curricular and can encompass many subject areas such as science, math, art, language arts, reading, technology, music and more. While the activities associated with the program are geared towards middle school aged students, schools from Kindergarten through college levels are using the same materials.

So join the program that is currently reaching over 40,000 students a year, connecting urban, suburban and rural students in a discovery of the importance of clean water - for insects, for trout, for people - clean water is needed by everyone!

This program is supported through a partnership between Trout Unlimited and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. To learn more about Trout in the Classroom in NJ, visit our website at For questions please contact TIC State Coordinator Jessica Griglak at:

  • New Egypt High School, New Egypt (two aquariums)
  • The Peddie School, Hightstown
  • Allentown High School, Allentown
  • Delaware Township School, Sergeantsville
    • Del Township: Release is scheduled for May 31st in the Raritan River.
  • Saint Ann School, Lawrenceville
    • St Anne’s: Release is scheduled for April 12th in the Assunpink Creek.
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Lawrenceville
  • Montgomery Lower Middle School, Skillman
  • West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro
  • Timberlane Middle School, Pennington
  • Gilmore J. Fisher Middle School, Ewing
  • The Wiberforce School, Princeton Junction

ESCTU believes that educating our youth on the importance of cold water conservation is critical to preserving our states watersheds as well as the heritage of trout fishing in the Garden State for future generations.

To learn more about TIC, visit the states website at:

2018-2019 Trout in the Classroom at Saint Ann School

Meredith Daniel

Published on Apr 23, 2019

This is a video compilation of Trout in the Classroom photos and videos from the 2018-2019 school year at Saint Ann School (SAS) in Lawrenceville, NJ. SAS received 516 rainbow trout eyed eggs on October 4, 2018, and raised them until their release date. Seventh grade students released the trout at Mingamahone Brook on April 12, 2019. We released the trout one by one, and ended up with a final Trout tally of 159! For more information on this year's trout,

visit Mrs. Daniel's school website: and classroom page:

Onion Sack Program

ESCTU continues to lend its support to the New Jersey TIC project by providing onion sack deliveries to two participating TIC schools. ESCTU Conservation and Education Chair, Bill Hannisch, stuffed onion sacks with leaves and debris and then let them soak for several days in a local trout stream. The sacks were then retrieved and delivered to the Bear Tavern School and to the Montgomery Lower Middle school where the students got to sort through the debris to collect and identify small stream organisms classified as macro-invertebrates using stream keys. This highly interactive and educational exercise was enjoyed by the students and their educators alike.

Musconetcong Watershed Association

Is seeking volunteers to help with its Annual Spring Cleanup April 13, 2019,-75.1566463,17z

The official cleanup starts at 9 am, but we usually get an earlier start. Volunteers should look for the Cyphers Road bridge over the Musky when turning off of route 627.

We’ll be alongside the fence that surrounds the old paper mill, this is where we will meet. Clean-up crews will attack litter along roadsides, parks, and stream banks of the lower Musconetcong River. Bags will be provided.

A BBQ will be available for participants at the River Resource Center in (10 Maple Avenue, Asbury, NJ) following the clean up.

Be sure to bring your fishing gear for some afternoon fishing on one of NJ's finest trout streams!!!

Bill Hannisch is the chapter’s coordinator for this project.

If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Bill at or by phone/text at 215-360-2032.

A special thanks to all of you who have participated in the past. We look forward to another successful event!

Hope to see you there!

Ernest Schwiebert Chapter Trout Unlimited

Musconetcong River Lower Section Cleanup April 13th 2019

Conservation – Musconetcong Annual Clean-up Report

The annual Earth Day Spring cleanup on the Musconetcong River was held on Saturday, April 13th. For more than 10 years, ESCTU members have participated in this cleanup focusing on the lower portion of the river. Meetup for our Chapter for this event was at 0900 by the old paper mill fence just off Rt 627 on Cyphers Road. This was another a great event of which we continue to be proud to participate in. We had 9 ESCTU volunteers that participated in this year’s cleanup… The river was loaded with trout, both state-stocked and stream-bred… Unfortunately, river was too high and muddy to wade or it would have been great fly fishing! With three dams on the lower river having been demolished in recent years, the flows have never been better. The Musconetcong Watershed Association sponsors this event and hosted a cookout for participants at their River Resource Center in Asbury NJ afterwards. Please contact Bill Hannisch 215-360-2032 if you’d like to volunteer in the future.

Map of Lower Musky