Students Help Chevron Stock Local Lakes

JM freshman Matthew Douglas fishes at Baker Lake during the annual fish stocking field trip.

Chevron employees joined RDR Energy Services and Baker Hughes, today, to promote environmental stewardship and conservation for Marshall and Ohio County school students at the fourth annual “Stocking the Streams” day. Officers and volunteers from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR), Wheeling Fraternal Order of Police, Oglebay Good Zoo, Trout Unlimited Chapter 434 and Cabela’s also joined in the annual tradition to stock Baker Lake and Bear Rock Lake with locally raised trout.

More than 30 volunteers from Chevron spent the part of the day with 120 Marshall and Ohio County elementary and middle school students, working alongside local WVDNR officers to teach students to fish and identify the various species of West Virginia trout, which were raised at Indian Lake Fisheries in Elkview. Volunteers from Oglebay Good Zoo gave students an opportunity to interact with and learn about the area’s native bird species.

“At Chevron, we’re proud to join our community partners and help host this hands-on, engaging educational event,” said Lee Ann Wainwright, public affairs representative at Chevron. “For the past few years, this has always been a fun field trip for students to get out of the classroom and introduce them to wildlife and teach important lessons on how to be good environmental stewards. This year’s event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our partner companies, who helped organize the outing.”

Throughout the day, students learned through hands-on lessons about the ecology of local waterways, West Virginia trout, and other wildlife. Volunteers worked closely with students and highlighted the importance of community service and preservation.

“Teaching kids to appreciate the outdoors with hands-on lessons, like stocking lakes with trout and then fishing for them, is gratifying for them and fulfilling to us as wildlife coaches,” said Josh Raddish, Vice President of Chapter 434 of Trout Unlimited. “Seeing the curiosity on students’ faces during the day – and the satisfaction when they leave – is exactly what we want to see.”

Some of the fishing poles were donated by Cabela’s and lunch was provided by Baker Hughes. Thanks to RDR Energy Services, two students were awarded prizes for catching the largest fish.

“Lessons outside of the classroom are a crucial method of learning, especially when it comes to nature,” said Woody Yoder, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Marshall County Schools. “Today’s event was not just a fun field trip for our students – it will serve as a valuable learning experience to respect and enjoy the outdoors.”