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Trout go to school in Schroon Lake

Program slated Sept. 15

Schroon Lake Central School teachers Cookie Barker and Mat Riddle have developed a trout project for students in their science classes. As part of the project Barker and Riddle have designed and built a 300-gallon, self-sustaining aquatic ecosystem.

Schroon Lake Central School teachers Cookie Barker and Mat Riddle have developed a trout project for students in their science classes. As part of the project Barker and Riddle have designed and built a 300-gallon, self-sustaining aquatic ecosystem. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Throughout her career Barker has been an enthusiast for environmental stewardship. She has traveled to Churchill, Manitoba, to study polar bear behavior; the Peruvian Amazon to study biodiversity; and went mountain gorilla trekking this summer in Rwanda.

Riddle is in his fourth year teaching at Schroon Lake.. He was the first student to graduate from a newly-established program at Plattsburgh State University earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. Over the last two summers Riddle has been an instructor of a science enrichment program at Rensselaer Polytech Institute in Troy. Trained and employed in the trade of plumbing,

A native of Moriah, Mr. Riddle is an avid hunter and fisherman with a strong commitment to environmental stewardship.

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