Cheryl Moxley - TIC program and hatchery programs
We will discuss Trout in the Classroom and FINS.
BIO: I am a local girl, growing up in Fresno/Clovis and graduating from Fresno State.
Married to James Moxley for 25 years and we have two children Heather and Jackson.
I have worked for CDFW for 20+ years, since 1997. Many of my early years were part-time work while raising my family. I have worked with fisheries and fisheries education the whole time.
Current position: Fish and Wildlife Interpreter II for CDFW Central Region (serving 12 counties)
My work responsibilities include Salmonids in the Classroom training teachers and coordinating the program with the help of awesome partners like KFFC! This year your club assisted the program that had 120 teachers raising trout, reaching over 4,000 students (in CDFW Central region). Other work responsibilities include: San Joaquin Hatchery visitor improvements, interpretive signage and displays, assisting with Trout Fest events, guiding tours at San Joaquin Hatchery, grant writing to secure funds, project management and maintenance for the recently built Small Fry Children’s Discovery Trail, and a new section of the San Joaquin River Parkway Trail which now links many educational features on the state property at San Joaquin Hatchery. With the addition of these features, we have named the sight Friant Interactive Nature Site (FINS). FINS now links a new parking lot to San Joaquin Hatchery, Small Fry Children’s Discovery Trail, San Joaquin River Parkway Trail, Salmon Research and Conservation Facility, provides San Joaquin River access and access to Lost Lake Park via a bridge. I attached the fact sheet about FINS from the grant opening – more info than you need but may give you a better idea about the project. Most of my work time is spent on project management for FINS.
School groups can now raise and release their fish, tour the hatchery and complete an activity booklet as they play and explore along the Small Fry Trail. The children’s trail is themed, our vision was that the kids pretend they are a trout in the river and they encounter things along the trial as a fish would in the river. Each play area along the trail represents a trout’s life stage, there is prey for them to find, and predators for them to hide from in the habitat. They can view California native plants and look for wildlife as they walk down to the San Joaquin River.
Other work responsibilities include leading volunteer days, managing contracts, and overseeing inmate workdays in order to plant native plants and control invasive species on site and keep the above public access site in good shape for the public.
Fish and Wildlife Interpreter II
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
1234 E. Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93710
(559) 243-4017 ext. 253
(559) 696-8092 cell
(559) 243-4004 fax