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Register by June 30 to attend the first-ever PA TIC Summit on July 18

May 17, 2019
Pennsylvania is hosting its first-ever Trout in the Classroom Summit on July 18 in Harrisburg. If you are interested and have the date available, this will be a wonderful chance to meet

Pennsylvania is hosting its first-ever Trout in the Classroom Summit on July 18 in Harrisburg. If you are interested and have the date available, this will be a wonderful chance to meet current and new TIC teachers and program partners.  There will be lots of time for networking and sharing ideas! 

The PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Council of Trout Unlimited, along with several local and state partners, including the PA Department of Education and Stroud Water Research Center, are excited to announce our FIRST-EVER Statewide TIC Summit!

The goal of the Summit is not only to provide an opportunity for TIC teachers and program partners to share what they are doing with TIC, but to also provide several opportunities for networking and building upon programs you are currently implementing. Click here for registration information.

WHEN: July 18, 2019

            Registration – 7:30 to 9:15 AM (exhibits/display area opens at 8:00 AM).

            Welcome – 9:30 to 10:00 AM.

            Concurrent sessions – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Lunch – 12:00 to 1:15 PM;   
            includes keynote speaker).

WHERE: PA Department of Education, PaTTAN Building, 6340 Flank Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112


  • July 17- from 6:00 to 8:00 PM – There will be an informal, networking dinner held at the PaTTAN Building on the evening of July 17th. There is no extra cost to attend.  PLEASE indicate on your TIC Summit registration if you will be attending the July 17 dinner.
  • Displays – There is limited space for displays.  If you would like to share a unique project or lesson as a small table-top displayPLEASE indicate on your TIC summit registration that you would be interested in bringing a display if space is available. Those who have been approved for a display will be contacted prior to the summit.
HOW TO REGISTER – Register and send check by 4:00 PM, June 30, 2019

  1. Use this link to register for the summit –
  2. Send a $35.00 check, payable to “PA Council of Trout Unlimited” – State on check – TIC Summit, and send to PA Trout, Attn. Ashley Wilmont – TIC Summit Registration, P.O. Box 5148, Bellefonte, PA 16823

Repreentative TIC sessions being offered at the Summit! –

Welcome – Participants will be addressed by National Trout Unlimited, PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Department of Education

All About Trout – A session that will address all TIC attendees. Trout Unlimited partners and state agency staff will share facts trout, cold water resources and their importance to healthy communities, humans included!.

Concurrent Sessions -

  • MWEE – Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEE) - How they fit into TIC; funding opportunities and more! 
  • STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM_ - How to connect the dots between TIC, MWEE’s and STEM education
  • Model My Watershed – An innovative approach to teaching environmental science.  This program is an interactive Web tool that students use to learn about their watershed and the impacts of land use on water quality and the environment.  This is a dynamic, videogame-like experience that lets students digitally modify land use within their own neighborhoods to examine how urban development or best management practices can affect water quality, flooding and stormwater runoff.  Real-life decision making, based on real science, brought right into the classroom!
  • Macros In Your Classroom – How to introduce your students to aquatic insects/organisms found in local streams through technology, leaf packs and preserved specimens!
  • TIC Round Table Discussion – A chance to hear from “veteran” TIC teachers, program partners and PFBC fish biologist about fish health, TIC lessons, TIC community connections and troubleshooting
  • TIC Activities/Projects – How to connect your TIC program to local watershed projects and Trout Unlimited’s Cold Water Heritage Program; ideas for school ground watershed projects/activities etc.
  • Regional Break-Out Sessions – This session will pull together teachers and program partners per PA Region (Northwest, Northcentral, Northeast, Southwest, Southcentral, Southeast PA).  The goal of the regional break-out sessions is to connect teachers and program partners who are near each other and begin to build regional networks to utilize throughout the TIC school year.  We will be looking for at least 2 teachers and 2 program partners to serve as TIC mentors/ambassadors within their region and assist with troubleshooting, serve as advisors for release day ideas, community connections, sustainability etc.

      Click here to see the complete schedule of events.

      Ashley Wilmont
 / Program Director / 814 359-5233