Steelhead trout depart Tony Yob’s third grade classroom for open water

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 27, 2013

Team Yob at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park

While many families are using this Memorial Day for backyard barbeques, parents and third grade students in Tony Yob’s Oak Knoll School classroom are experiencing a more up close and personal encounter with the great outdoors. They’re heading to the San Lorenzo River in Henry Cowell Redwood State Park to release a couple of dozen steelhead trout, known as “fry” at this stage in their life.

The fish arrived as fertilized eggs via the California Department of Fish and Wildlife three weeks ago. As students observed, they went from an eyed egg to alevins to swimming fry. Along the way, they were cheered on by Team Yob. (A number of team members are pictured wearing t-shirts bearing that name.)

Steelhead swimming

Tony and his students are participating in a STEP (Salmon & Trout Education) program, which is supported by the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project in 0ver 155 California classrooms. The purpose of the program is to develop awareness of the life cycle and habitat requirements of local salmon and steelhead. Tony received funding for the program from the Flycaster’s Education Foundation, covering the cost of teacher training, a lesson plan, and aquarium chillers.

“Last year we released 26 fry,” said Tony. “It’ s a great way to end the year. Instead of counting the days to school is out, the kids come in and count the fish.”

Footnote: Tony grew up in Menlo Park, attending Oak Knoll, Hillview and M-A; the classroom where he teaches today was his fourth grade classroom.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tony Yob May 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

This was a total success. We released 25 Steelhead fry into the river. The weather was fine and most students enjoyed getting into the water and playing together. The memories will last forever.


Michael Du Bois June 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm


As the grandfather of Soleil Du Bois, I cannot express enough my appreciation for all you have done for her and the rest of your students. The fish fry was the topping on the cake in an incredible year of growth, maturity and self confidence thanks to your expert guidance. Yob’s karaoke night was not only creative but delivered an important lesson to these youngsters about team work and presenting themselves before an audience, a theme you had already inculcated in the classroom with their weekly podium presentations. Tony, you are an exemplar for educators of this age group. I wish you continued success and many more years of “fun” in the classroom.
Warmest regards and enjoy the summer of 2013
Michael and Loretta Du Bois


Delaney ball April 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

I think that it is awesome


Delaney Ball May 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I am in team yob and last year i went in Mr Yobs class room and i saw the tout it looked so cool and so i wanted to be in his class now i am but because of the drought we weren’t able to get the fish this year so i am very disappointed but because tony yob is so nice he invited us to the trip where we will let the fish go


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