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Rich Parish, left, and Keith Cockerhan, president and vice president of of the Stoney Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, respectively, demonstrate fly-tying techniques to a group of AMS students as part of a field trip rounding out a seven-month project.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2013-05-01 14:55:02
Last modified: 2013-05-01 14:55:00

‘Ecology at its greatest’

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AMS eighth-graders gathered at Linville Falls Picnic ground last Friday to release trout that they had raised from eggs as part of their science curriculum.
According to eighth-grade science teacher April Cheuvront, the students began taking care of the fish each day beginning in September 2012, when the school received an aquarium habitat and eggs through the combined efforts of Avery County Soil and Water Conservation District and Stone Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
After releasing their trout, the students engaged in a series of learning stations designed to teach them about river ecology, sport fishing and local agriculture.
“It is all about education on the trout as a species and preservation of the ecosystem for the trout,” Cheuvront said. “It is ecology at its greatest.”

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