FISH offers myriad educational programs that teach about Pacific salmon, watershed functions, and hatchery operations.
There are opportunities for classroom presentations and taking FISH to your science fair, summer camps and programs for youth groups, and free lending resources.
FISH’s School Program Goal is to cultivate a sense of wonder about salmon and provide expertise to students and teachers who are learning about salmon and watersheds.
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 order to reach as many schools as possible, we request one, large-group, presentation per school. The post-presentation activities can be done with smaller groups
In-Class Presentations Offered Year Round
THOSE AMAZING SALMON Grades Pre-K to 6
Primarily for elementary school students who are preparing to visit the hatchery in the fall. 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.
20- to 30-minute slide show and discussion, followed by acting out the salmon lifecycle and sharing time
45- to 60-minute slide show, discussion and question‑and‑answer session-optional post presentation activity
Choice of post presentation activities
- Northwest Native American legend is 15 minutes an can be done with any size group
- “Stump the Students” salmon quiz game is 15 minutes and can be done with the whole group
- Watershed Activity is 20 minutes and is done with 1‑2 classes at a time
Off-Season Presentations offered November-June
EnviroScape® Grades 2-12
Students see how pollution can impact watersheds through a hands-on demonstration. The EnviroScape® makes complex issues seem simple, helping people prevent water pollution in their own communities.
Salmon, The Canary In The Watershed Grades 4-8
For upper elementary and middle school children, describes salmon as an indicator species, a litmus test for the overall health of the Puget Sound watershed. The hatchery’s kokanee recovery program is described in detail and human impact directly affecting spawning habitat are discussed. Students will also take part in an endangered species food web that highlights direct and indirect feeding relationships between salmon and other endangered wildlife.