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     AFTU actively supports youth education programs each year that encourage Environmental Stewardship and Cold Water Fisheries Conservation.  These programs are intended to bring youth in contact with the outdoors to stimulate awareness & concern for the natural environment, and to nurture a next generation of conservationists & stewards for our rivers & streams.

In part, it is one of the missions of wildlife & fisheries conservation organizations like TU to help create an environment conducive to long term sustainability of programs in environmental stewardship and conservation of fragile resources like the welfare of our cold water fisheries which TU embraces.  

Programs that AFTU currently provides leadership initiative and/or support to include:


“TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM” (TIC)…Connecting students with their watersheds.
• Raise trout from eggs to fingerlings
• Monitor water quality
• Engage in stream habitat study
• Appreciate water resources
• Foster a conservation ethic
• Understand ecosystem connectivity

Two local Suffolk county schools that participate (with AFTU) in “Trout in the Classroom” programs are the Longwood H.S. and the William Floyd H.S.

Enthusiasm is high amongst the student participants as demonstrated by one High School’s creative video documentary of their Trout journey from eggs to fingerlings for release in local waters on Long Island, and the group’s blog page.

Longwood H.S. Video…

Longwood H.S. Blog…

In its third year the Longwood H.S. has “Pay It Forward” by extending their TIC Program to include the Longwood Middle School in an “Adopt A Trout” initiative, whereby the Middle School rears hatched Trout to releasable size.

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For more information on the “TIC” Program use the two links below:

 ******Recent Happenings in TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAMS******

REPOSTED: Sept 2, 2017...  Trout in the Classroom (TIC)- AFTU Treasurer/Board Director John Vatalaro assists with "Spring Fry of the year release" for East South Manor School(May 2017)

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POSTED: June 18, 2016... Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Update: Eastport South Manor Release

  Congratulations to Eastport South Manor School on a successful TIC Program, and the release of their fingerlings into Kahler Pond... See photos of student participants on the Big Day!

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POSTED:  June 30, 2015... Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Update: Longwood School District

  See TIC Program inspired multi-media video produced by one talented & enthusiastic student chronicling Longwood School District's TIC Program(s) 


POSTED:  May 2, 2015... Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Update: Earth Day 2015...

     Reported by: Tony Ertola

 Trout in the Classroom (Longwood School)
Longwood released their trout once again on Earth Day this year.  Students for the High School as well as Life Skills students participated in insect inspection, water quality testing and of course the release of their beloved trout fry on the Peconic River.  All of the students, staff, and AFTU volunteers Bridget Unger and myself had a great time. It was a beautiful Spring day too!

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    Photo: AFTU TIC Lead Tony Erola & Longwood School Science Faculty member Ivan Suarez with student participants.   

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    Photo: More student participants enjoying Earth Day...   

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  Photos: Trout In The Classroom Trout Fry ready for stream release...  

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   Photo:  Cased Caddis larva captured during Trout Fry release...    

 Eastport South Manor School had their first trout release this year at the Otis Pike Peconic River boat launch site.  The Staff and students of ESM school did a great job raising and releasing these trout and they eagerly look forward to doing it again next year.

William Floyd schools plan to release into the headwaters of the Forge River on May 21st.

POSTED:   December 12, 2014....Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Update: 12/12/2014
    Reported by:  Tony Ertola

Today Bridget Unger, George Costa, and I delivered "eyed" eggs to
Longwood Middle School. We obtained the eggs from Cold Spring Harbor
Fish Hatchery this morning. We were met at the school by students from
Longwood HS who gave Ms Lauren Garafolo and the fifth grade kids a
PowerPoint presentation and resource packets to help them get started. 
It was great to see how these kids work together.  Longwood now has 6
classes with tanks! Great Job Longwood!  Check out their blog at:

A special thanks to Environmental Science chairman Ivan Suarez for
coordinating things on their end.  None of this would have been possible
without him.

We then brought a batch of eggs to Eastport South Manor Jr/Sr HS.  Mr
William Hughes, chairman and Ms Patty Lewis, science teacher have begun
the TIC program this year.

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     Photo: Eastport South Manor Sr/Jr H.S. Trout Incubator/Chiller Aquarium

The insulated tank set up created by Mr.
Hughes is commendable.  By far the best set up I've seen. (insert pic
here) Nice work!

Next stop was William Floyd HS.  This is Wm Floyd schools second year in
the TIC program and this year they have three tanks set up.  One at the
high school, one at Moriches Elementary, and one at Woodhull.   Great
work by research educator Dr. Amy Meyer in making this happen for Wm
Floyd students.  We eagerly look forward to their release day on the
Upper Forge River in May.



A special thanks to Art Flick TU member Bridget Unger who put together a raffle basket at her job in Stony Brook Hospital.  She raised $430.00 to help support the Trout in the Classroom Program at our local schools.  A tank set up for each class costs about $900.  This year we received a matching grant from the NY State Council of TU for $900.  This was used to purchase 2 tank set ups for William Floyd Schools.

“Day In The Life Of The Carmans River”…

AFTU participates each fall in "A Day In The Life Of The Carmans River" program coordinated by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory's Portal to Discovery, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge.  The program is designed to celebrate the Carmans River and educate participants from five school districts on the uniqueness of one of Long Island's largest, NY State-designated Wild & Scenic Rivers.  The students collect qualitative and quantitative data on the river to better understand its condition and health as a biologic system.

During recent "A Day In The Life..." programs, AFTU has served as a site resource on the history & the operations of the Hard’s Lake "Fish Ladder", and teamed with student groups to assist with their invertebrate sampling & identification from the upper Carmans River in Southaven County Park.  

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County- Peconic Dunes 4H Camp…

In 2012 AFTU worked with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County to provide resource at their summer Peconic Dunes 4H Camp for youth education in the disciplines of the art of fly tying, fly casting, and introductory warm water fly fishing.  AFTU conducted one day programs to campers in the months of July & August.

Previous to work at the Peconic Dunes 4H Summer Camp, AFTU coordinated and hosted a one day Introduction to Coldwater Fly Fishing in cooperation with the Connetquot State Park facilities.  This program was a comprehensive course in fly fishing for trout for a group of former summer camp participants along with their counselors. 

Plans are in the works to continue the Chapter's relationship with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and its Peconic Dunes Camp in the coming year. Stay tuned for more from Education Chairman Tony Ertola. help make a difference!.   

     ***Contact John Vatalaro at    VAT75[AT]   if you are interested in participating in any of the year's Yourth Education Programs***

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    It is with sadness to report the recent passing of AFTU member Joe Brescia on November 30th 2017. We will miss Joe’s smile & enthusiasm at Saturday morning fly tying sessions, and his laughter on the annual West Branch trip. Our condolences to his family & friends. For those wishing to add a few words of comfort an “obit tree page” has been set-up in his memory… >>>Joseph A. Brescia<<<


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