Issaquah hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s hatcheries, with tens of thousands of visitors every year. Every fall the salmon return and so, too, do thousands of young students and visitors, who come to see these magnificent fish return from their grueling journey at sea, to fight against the current and spawn in Issaquah Creek. The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) welcomes these visitors and educates the community through tours and school educational programs. We strive to tell the story of salmon that fosters a natural, life-long commitment to their wellbeing. As our region grapples with change to the natural environment, FISH draws attention to the presence of salmon in Issaquah Creek in order to cultivate a sense of wonder and advocacy for these remarkable fish.

Attention Teachers & Educators at Home >> While the hatchery grounds are currently closed to the public, our online learning program is ramping up!

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Welcome to the FISH Online Learning Program

Explore our wonderful opportunities for learning about salmon right here — online! Start with our Quick Guide and step up to our Educator’s Guide to dive deeper into their remarkable world.

Our Quick Guide to Salmon

An introduction to the fascinating world of Pacific Northwest salmon. Learn about our five species of salmon, how they make their remarkable journey back home, and our series of “Cool Facts” which will challenge what you think you know about salmon. This is an excellent place to start your education.

Our Educator's Guide to Salmon

Ready for a deeper understanding of everything salmon?! Teachers and students third grade and above: we refer to this section of learning as “Salmon Units.” It is our excellent resource for your curriculum at home and at school.

New! Preserving our Kokanee

A fascinating look at our native kokanee of Lake Sammamish and their relationship to the Snoqualmie People and their efforts to preserve this magnificent species.

New! Educational Video Series

Introducing a new series of salmon education videos called Forest & Fins, designed for students, grades 5 through 8. With each video, we focus on one of the salmon life stages as well as an important topic related to salmon and their environment. Topics include:

  • Elements of a healthy salmon stream
  • Identifying native and non-native plants in your area
  • Macroinvertebrates
  • How to measure water quality (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, phosphate and turbidity)
  • Current threats to salmon in nature
  • How salmon provide essential nutrients to the forest ecoysystem

Launch the new series HERE

Watch — Salmon: A Miraculous Journey

Now more than ever, FISH needs your help to help fish! We are committed to the important work of educating our young people and our citizens about our iconic Pacific salmon, the importance of clean watersheds, and the vital role our historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery plays in sustaining our salmon population. With your help, we will continue to do so. Become a member or simply make a tax-deductible contribution today.

  • Keep the Salmon Coming Home
  • Tour the Salmon Hatchery
  • Education & Programs
  • Get Involved with FISH
  • Become a FISH Member
  • Host Your Event Here

Now more than ever, FISH needs your help to help fish! We are committed to the important work of educating our young people and our citizens about our iconic Pacific salmon, the importance of clean watersheds, and the vital role our historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery plays in sustaining our salmon population. With your help, we will continue to do so. Become a member or simply make a tax-deductible contribution today.

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