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The Lincoln HIlls Cares Environmental Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (E-STEM) Pathway connects students  to captivating enrichment opportunities that maximize individual student potential and ensure students have  the resources and experiences to be global stewards in an environmental science career pathway.

Trout in the Class

The instructional framework for the ESTEM pathway is the Trout in the Classroom Curriculum. Trout in the Classroom is an environmental education program where students raise trout from eggs to fry. The eggs are retrieved from the Crystal River in Carbondale Colorado and placed in tanks in the school classroom. The tanks are treated as independent hatcheries from August until May. In May, the students release the fry in Lake Pactolus at Lincoln Hills.

Our new initiative starting the Fall of 2022, STEM training will be provided for classroom teachers who participate in the Trout in the Classroom Program. Teachers will receive practical hands-on classroom activities from the Trout in the Classroom Curriculum, assessments, and resources to support their instructional practice. At the end of the training, teachers will receive a STEM certificate. 


Denver Trout Unlimited (DTU)
Trout in the Classroom (TIC)
City & County of Denver, Department of Transportation & Infrastructure, Stormwater Education &
Liley Hatcheries
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW)
Greenway Foundation
Leave No Trace (LNT)
Denver Aquarium
Metropolitan State University Of Denver
Vista PEAK Preparatory High School
Prairie View High School
Keystone Outdoor Science School

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