The Cold River is a river that is stocked, but has a population of native brook trout, brown trout and salmon. For five years now my 7th grade classes have raised either brook trout or atlantic salmon from eggs to fry in our classroom. To date, we have released over 800 fry of these two Salmonid species in the Cold River and its tributaries. Now, the question remains, are these closer to native fish or closer to hatchery-raised fish. When we consider that hatchery fish are born in tanks, raised in stone raceways where they are fed a pellet diet at regular intervals, are protected from predators, and water conditions are closely monitored, it is hard to compare them to fish that start as fry in the river. Our fry must find their first meal in the river, must seek shelter from predators of many kinds and endure high-water events and they must find spots not occupied by other trout to feed, rest and eventually spawn. Our fry, similar to trout born in the Cold River, have a history that is more in the Cold River than in a controlled environment. Find your own piece of native beauty this spring.