Growing up in North Dakota, the only fish I found in my classroom fish tanks were from the pet store, so imagine my surprise to find myself 20+ years later living in the PNW and helping run Douglas County’s Salmon in the Classroom Program. This program funded through the Department of Ecology brings the salmon life cycle to the classroom so students can see this unique fish develop from an egg to a fry. Then the students release the salmon to connect the fish and themselves to their local waterways for years to come. This year the program kicks off again with not just one but TWO different salmon tanks. The kids on delivery day matched my excitement as I got to start this experience for the first time.
As Salmon in the Classroom continues, students will engage with our hatchery partners to understand how they keep salmon a viable resource for our area. We will continue to explore how ecosystem health from streams, fields, and mountains can impact salmon and what we can do to protect this vital resource to our area. I am excited to continue leading this PNW rite of passage for our classrooms.
We thank the Washington State Department of Ecology for supporting this program.