Life Scout Theodore Koshar is supporting FISH and earning his Eagle Scout designation by selling and installing custom paving bricks at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
The proceeds will be used to support FISH’s salmon education and community outreach efforts. Each brick will be planted as part of Theodore’s Eagle Scout project later this year on the hatchery grounds. Order your brick today: recognize someone you love, a special occasion, celebrate your business, or simply reaffirm your commitment to our returning salmon.
We recently ran across an article by Michael Ungar, Ph.D., who is a family therapist, a researcher at Dalhousie University, and the author of “The WE Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids.”
Dr. Ungar says that summer camps are perfect places to help children optimize their psychosocial development and where they get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies. There are the simple challenges of learning to do new things, but there are also the more complex challenges of getting along with a new group of peers, learning how to ask for help from others, or taking manageable amount of risks without a parent following after you.
He goes on to point out seven things a camp should have to help children develop coping strategies:
- New relationships, not just with peers, but with trusted adults other than their parents.
- A powerful identity that makes the child feel confident in front of others
- Help children feel in control of their lives.
- Kids get what they need to develop physically.
- Make sure that all children are treated fairly.
- Camps offer kids a chance to feel like they belong.
- Camps can offer children a better sense of their culture.
Summer Salmon Day Camps at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery are by design small groups of children. Activities focus on the salmon life cycle and taking care of the environment so that salmon can thrive. Because the group is small (eight to twelve children) we are able to design activities to be flexible and focus on the interests of the specific group of campers in any given week. There is more opportunity to meet the needs of each individual child. And a small group allows children to get to know everyone, forge new friendships, and provides opportunity for campers to test out their interests and strengths.
In addition to interacting with a group of children their own age, campers also interact with Celina Steiger, the FISH Education Coordinator who is also our Camp Director, and with our adult summer staff counselor and teenage camp helpers who also work with the children throughout the week. Children learn how salmon are important to our cultural heritage here in the Northwest and have the opportunity to talk about their own history and culture. And children are active outdoors as they explore the hatchery and Issaquah Creek, play games and act out the salmon lifecycle.
To learn more about our Salmon Summer Camps: CLICK HERE and you’ll be redirected to the page to sign up.
To read more of the article by Dr. Ungar, CLICK HERE to be redirected to his website.
My daughter loved the camp. She asked me if the camp ran all week, and when I told her it did, she asked if she could go on the weekend, too. She really liked the games and being outside in the creek. She has wanted to be a marine biologist since she could talk so she knows quite a bit about fish, and she loves Salmon Days, so she knows quite a bit about the salmon life cycle. She learned about watersheds and enjoyed that. She also loved feeding the trout. She wants to attend again next year. The crafts were really great. Overall I would give the camp a 10, and I will recommend it to friends. Thanks for a great week!
No organization could ask for a more glowing recommendation than this one. We work hard to make sure that our summer camps are fun and educational but it really makes us feel good when we hear it directly from parents. We know the kids are having fun and learning to appreciate our amazing salmon. The real test of quality comes from parents who hear directly from their children about what they are learning, the games and activities that occupied their day and their eager response to the program.
Whether your child is 3 and just learning about the natural world around them or 11 and thinking more globally about human impact on our environment, our summer camp program provides the opportunity to explore, be creative and think holistically. Playing outdoors in the summer sun is a time honored tradition of childhood. Why not expose your child to the wonders of our amazing salmon and the role they play in expanding our understanding of our watershed, at the same time?
A new, state of the art aquarium is planned for the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Visitors will see salmon developing from eggs to fingerlings, just as they do in Issaquah Creek. Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) is excited to announce a capital campaign to raise $20,000 for this project. The exhibit is scheduled to be open in time for the fall 2013 salmon season, to delight and inspire the thousands of visitors who come to the hatchery each year.
Each year over 10,000 school children tour the hatchery on classroom field trips. FISH has secured the services of a reputable aquarium design firm, Aquarium Concepts, to create and install a new exhibit that will vastly improve the educational quality of the aquarium and give visitors a much more realistic demonstration of how salmon grow and mature.
Larry Kangas, the artist who painted the depiction of salmon predators on the hatchery water tank, has been engaged to create a realistic backdrop to the tanks which will include depictions of native vegetation, logs and lighting to replicate the natural daylight cast as found in Issaquah Creek. Using chillers and a modern filtering system, the water in the tanks will be maintained at optimum conditions for young developing salmon.
We are indebted to Jordan Valente Construction for donating their services to reinforce the shelf on which the aquarium tanks will rest and Illuminate Contracting, LLC for donating their services to reroute and install the needed wiring.
We are asking for your help so we can complete this new exhibit. Our Board of Directors has committed $5,000 in seed money to get us started and we are grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah for being the first to step forward with a pledge of $2,000. We are asking other organizations and businesses in our community to help with this effort as well. But it will take all of us to make this vision a reality.
The return of salmon is Issaquah Creek is an annual miracle. Our hatchery is here to keep the salmon coming home. You can support this annual miracle by helping us build our new aquarium so future generations will preserve and protect out salmon and the waters they live in.
Our favorite salmonids are on their way back! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) forecast (including the Issaquah Hatchery runs) expects “similar [to last year] Chinook fisheries” and “… a strong run of Coho salmon.” All our returning fish pass through the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks where they are counted as they make their way into the Lake Washington basin. Many of the Chinook and Coho are on their way to Issaquah Creek – most of the Sockeye are on their way to the Cedar River.
The count as of July 28th is pictured below. This chart, as well as a chart for coho, is updated every couple of days. We’ve linked this chart to the page on the WDFW website where you can see the latest count.
As you can see, only 489 Chinook have been counted so far – our fish are still hanging off in the salt water somewhere. A few Chinook have been reported at the Shilshole Public Ramp, which is right at the entrance to the Locks.
Additional salmon viewing opportunities around the Puget Sound can be found at the Salmon Seeson website – check it frequently for emerging opportunities!
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Our favorite salmonids are on their way back! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) forecast (including the Issaquah Hatchery runs) expects “similar [to last year] Chinook fisheries” and “. . . a strong run of Coho salmon.” All our returning fish pass through the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks where they are counted as they make their way into the Lake Washington basin. Many of the Chinook and Coho are on their way to Issaquah Creek – most of the Sockeye are on their way to the Cedar River. The current count is pictured below:
The Chinook count has taken a nice bump up to 1,697. This is still short of the historic numbers at this time, but not scary. Yet. The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery only needs about 800 pair of Chinook to hit our typical egg allotment. More sport-caught Chinook have been reported at the Shilshole Public Ramp, which is right at the entrance to the Locks. The Neah Bay Chinook fishery has peaked and is dropping; one of the routes our fish take to get to the Puget Sound from the Pacific Ocean.
With these sparse numbers it is unlikely that fishing for the Chinook would be open in the Sammamish River or Lake Sammamish. The official word is on the WDFW site current regulations and Special Rules, which can change from day to day.
The sport catch out of Westport is still excellent. Now most of those fish are headed for the Columbia and other watersheds, but we can hope, can’t we, that some of these fish will continue up the coast to head to Issaquah.
The coho count has not started yet – the forecast is for over 22,000 fish, so that is very heartening!