This week we studied trout in our nature study. We were lucky to find a pond nearby where there is an abundance of fish because they are protected and fed. We went early in the morning (around 7:30am) hoping that the fish would be actively looking for their breakfast.It didn’t take long to see our first rainbow trout around the shore of the pond. Most were about 1-3 years old (juveniles).
It was neat seeing the larger adults and looking at their amazing camouflaged bodies covered in spots and rainbow colors.We crossed a bridge to the other side of the pond where the Blue River feeds in. We didn’t see any fish on this side of the pond. We guessed they preferred the warmer, calmer waters of the other side.We always find additional treasures on our nature walks. We saw many wild raspberry bushes along the shoreline. They weren’t quite ripe yet. Maybe we’ll revisit this area in a few weeks and make some raspberry pancakes!Further up the river, a trout ladder had been built to help the fish migrate to their preferred breeding grounds. My husband explained to the kids how the fish jump each step to reach the pond above the dam.
We stopped on our walk and watched the sun’s reflection on the rocks in the water. The pattern it made looked almost exactly like the scales of the rainbow trout.
On Tuesday afternoon, we sat down and journaled about our trout study. I told the kids to recall our walk and use their mental picture of the trout to draw the scene in their nature study notebooks.
And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19