The programs are aligned with NGSS, Common Core, & Maryland’s Environmental Literacy Standards.​


Trout Unlimited’s “Trout in the Classroom” program is a nationwide program designed to connect students with their watersheds. Students in grades 3 – 12 raise trout from eggs to fingerlings and then release them into a state-approved cold water stream or lake. For more information on the program, its background, resources and help, please visit this website.

The Maryland “Trout in the Classroom” program has developed a partnership between The Mid-Atlantic Trout in the Classroom (MATIC) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The MATIC program is a voluntary effort started and originally supported by the Potomac-Patuxent Chapter of Trout Unlimited. DNR’s Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) Program provides background information on several trout species, lesson plans correlated to the Maryland State Curriculum and Environmental Literacy standards, and funding assistance for participants in the program.

For more information about The Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Trout in the Classroom please visit this website. On this site you will find Maryland specific resources, educational videos, Live fish cams, teacher resources and more.

If you are in need of financial assistance to obtain the required aquarium supplies and equipment, you may apply for financial support from the Aquatic Resource Education Program. Approval will be granted on a rolling basis. The form will close when funds are no longer available. 

The Funding request form is open as of February 15th, 2024. Deadline to apply is May 15th, 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year.

Funding Request Form

If you are in need of reimbursement for the bus and/or substitute cost for your Trout Release, you may send your request to Chelsea.Miller@maryland.gov.

Please Note: Completing this funding request form does not register you for the program. You must register with Trout Unlimited. Read below.

Have you completed an Memor​andum of Intent (MOI) with Trout Unlimited? If not, please make sure you contact Trout Unlimited (TU) at troutintheclassroomcd@gmail.com. You should not complete this form if you have not done so. You can download a blank MOI below, under the forms section of the dropdown list. Read, fill, sign and send to the TU contact listed above.


Chelsea Miller
Aquatic Resources Education
Chesapeake and Coastal Service
MD Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401