Release Dates & Volunteer Opportunities
We have a critical need for volunteers and assistance. A volunteer would be needed to be present at the park on the morning of the release, time to be determined, (usually 9:30-10:00), and assist the park ranger with the release and their programs, helping to manage the children and answer questions. The groups generally break up between 1:30 & 2:30 to return back to their schools, and assistance is finished for the day. Waders are recommended for volunteers to assist children in the streams.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact:
Charlotte & North Schools: Bill Thomas - 704-231-7492 firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte & South Schools: Dana Hershey - 704-577-7700 email@example.com
2018 Release Dates
March 16 - FD Jack Kiser Intermediate School - South Mountain State Park
April 6 – Providence Day School - South Mountain State Park
April 11 - Blythe Elementary School - South Mountain State Park
April 12 – Sedgefield Middle School - South Mountain State Park
April 17 – Pleasant Knoll Middle School (Group 1) - South Mountain State Park
April 18 - Pleasant Knoll Middle School (Group 2) - South Mountain State Park
April 19 – Pleasant Knoll Middle School (Group 3) - South Mountain State Park
April 24 - Sherwood Elementary School - South Mountain State Park
April 25 - Sherwood Elementary School - South Mountain State Park
May 1 - Lake Norman Charter School - Stone Mountain State Park
May 3 – Charlotte Latin School- South Mountain State Park
May 4 - York Chester Middle School - South Mountain State Park
May 4 - David Community School - Stone Mountain State Park
May 9 - Davidson Day School - Stone Mountain State Park
May 10 - York Chester Middle School - South Mountain State Park
May 11 - Whitewater Middle School - South Mountain State Park
May 11 - Hickory Ridge Middle School - Stone Mountain State Park
May 15 – Quail Hollow Middle School- South Mountain State Park
May 19 Sat - Woodland Heights Elementary School - TU Streamside - Stone Mountain State Park
May 21 - JT Williams Montessori School - South Mountain State Park
May 24 – Charlotte Country Day School- South Mountain State Park
TBA – Piney Grove Elementary School, JT Williams Montessori School
August - Tank Setup
- Teacher or staff Setup the tank stand, tank and configure the supporting chiller, filtration, lightingsupplies and storage.
- Trout Unlimited Volunteer assists if needed
- NCTU Blog NCWRC Helpline (Q&A year-round)
- Tank fully operational... Container with eggs is floated in water from the tank until container temperature is equal to tank temperature...Eggs are placed in one or two rearing.
- Date set among Volunteers and the hatchery for egg delivery and communicated with schools.
- NCWRC hatchery provides 200+ eggs per school (each in a container) and 3 sizes of trout food per school.
- baskets with tank darkened.
- RRTU Lead Volunteer brings.
- Teacher plans/arranges for trout to be fed and tank.
- RRTU Lead Volunteer brings.
Holidays - Equipment maintenance
- Teacher plans/arranges field trip to release trout fry
- Volunteers meet, take their deliveries.
- NCWRC issues permits per requests.
- Teacher and students release fry...sample bentic life in stream
- A pyramid of distributions at second meeting places will become more necessary as schools are added.
- If in state park, park staff provides program.
- Teacher or staff cleans-up and services tank and equipment
- Each Volunteer delivers eggs and assists in acclimating at each school.
Note: NCWRC Division of Education provides a helpline to teachers and arranges for a coldwater biologist to assist or be available to discuss and answer questions. NCTU Blog is setup for teachers to Q&A and share experiences. RRTU website will collect photographs from teachers and volunteers to post as slideshows for each school. Both NCTU and RRTU maintains standby chiller equipment in case a school has a chiller failure.
Rocky River Chapter of Trout Unlimited (c) 2014