Science teacher Pat Mosey teams up with nonprofit to introduce students to fly tying and fishing
This week, volunteers with Minnesota Trout Unlimited — a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, conserving and enhancing streams, rivers and lakes and their watersheds in Minnesota — visited Eagle Ridge Middle School to introduce students in science teacher Pat Mosey’s class to the beautiful art of fly tying.
The volunteers made the experience come alive for students through a hands-on project of creating two fishing lures, the San Juan worm and the Marabou Bugger. Students thoroughly enjoyed making flies with the volunteers, as well as learning about fly fishing through a kid-friendly presentation.
Each year, Mosey provides her students with the unique opportunity of connecting with their natural environment through the Minnesota Trout in the Classroom program. Students raise rainbow trout, from eggs to fingerlings, right in the classroom. Trout are a sensitive species of fish, and students learn firsthand about watershed ecology and clean water, fish biology and fishing skills, and natural resource conservation. The school year culminates with a field trip to release their trout into the wild, specifically the Vermillion River.
These experiences, like many others offered in middle school, are a perfect example of how learning in One91 is designed to foster exploration and nurture creativity as students consider their future.