For Teachers- School Programs

    Classroom Presentations

    Want to bring salmon science to your classroom? FISH offers several programs designed to teach students about Pacific salmon and the importance of watersheds.

    In-Class Presentation
    "Those Amazing Salmon," primarily for elementary school students who are preparing to visit the hatchery. The presentation consists of a slideshow reviewing the Pacific salmon life cycle along with their habitat needs, predators and challenges, the value of watersheds and hatchery operations.

    Grades K-1: 30-minute slide show and discussion, acting out the salmon life cycle and sharing time.

    Grades 2-6: 45- to 60-minute slide show, discussion and question-and-answer session. Choice of three activities following the slide show: the Northwest Native American legend (15 minutes), hands-on watershed activity (20-30 minutes) or “Stump the Students” salmon quiz game (20-30 minutes).

    Enviroscape: Students see how pollution can impact watersheds with this interactive, hands-on watershed model.

    Puget Sound Game: Students practice real-life decision making about situations that impact the waters of Puget Sound.

    COST: The in-class presentation given to classes that are preparing for a hatchery field trip is free, although donations of $1 per person are gladly accepted. For the Enviroscape, Puget Sound Game and presentations that do not coincide with a field trip, FISH requests a $25 donation per session. FISH requests a donation of $50 for visits outside of King County.

    For more information about these presentations, please contact FISH Education Coordinator Celina Steiger at 425-392-1118 or

    Bring FISH to Your Science Fair

    FISH would love to be a part of your school’s science fair!

    We welcome the opportunity to share our fascination about salmon with whole families.

    FISH often brings a salmon to dissect to show the internal parts of a salmon. In addition, FISH brings several hands-on display items, including a microscope, for students and families to investigate. To help us cover our costs, we ask for a $50 donation.

    If you would like this wonderful addition to your science fair, please send an email to with the following information:

    • School
    • Date of fair
    • Time

    • Location
    • Number of people expected
    • Contact information

    If you need an invoice for the donation, also provide an address for the invoice.

    Salmon In Schools

    Salmon in the Schools (SIS) – formerly Salmon in the Classroom, run by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) – is alive and swimming! In King County and part of Snohomish County, SIS is coordinated by FISH with the support of the Salmon Education Alliance and WDFW.

    Salmon Education Alliance is a coalition of educators, agencies and advocates working together to support the Salmon in the Schools program. Stakeholders include Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Seattle Public Utilities, the Fauntleroy Watershed Council and Seattle Public Schools. These groups support schools raising salmon in the Seattle-King County region and work together to ensure that Salmon in the Schools continues in our area.

    Participating schools obtain permits from WDFW and eggs from Issaquah and other area hatcheries, raise the salmon in tanks at school, and release their fry into area creeks or Lake Washington. Students learn about salmon, the watershed we share with them, and the connections salmon have in our culture and economy. In the 2011-12 school year, 125 schools raised salmon in this area and for the 2012-13 school year, that number grew to 145. Statewide, about 500 schools (mostly public) participate.

    As of 2013, sustainable funding has not been secured for this highly popular and important hands-on education program. SEA and FISH are looking for corporate, individual and community sponsors for schools in our region.

    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM with a donation, please contact Jane Kuechle at 425-392-1118 or


    SIS Teacher Handbook
    Release Form
    Teacher Agreement
    Additional curriculum resources can be found at Fauntleroy Watershed under Education


    Read the "teacher agreement" and review the "SIS Teacher Handbook" above
    Please fill out this interest form

    For questions or to learn more contact Celina Steiger: (425) 392-1118 or

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