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Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School Students Bid Their Salmon Farewell - Salmon in the Classroom Concludes

Region 1, March 15, 2013
USFWS Fish Biologist Sean Connolly helps students release their salmon fry.
USFWS Fish Biologist Sean Connolly helps students release their salmon fry. - Photo Credit: n/a
Student from Boise-Elliot/Humboldt Elementary School tour the marking trailer where salmon receive PIT (Passive Integrated Transponders) for tracking.
Student from Boise-Elliot/Humboldt Elementary School tour the marking trailer where salmon receive PIT (Passive Integrated Transponders) for tracking. - Photo Credit: n/a
A student from Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School feeds salmon fry at Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery.
A student from Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School feeds salmon fry at Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery. - Photo Credit: n/a

Warm weather and an absence of rain greeted us along with three bus loads of excited elementary school students at Drano Lake in the Gorge the morning of March 13. About 100 fourth and fifth graders gathered to say a final good-bye to the fish they have raised for the past 70 days as part of the USFWS Salmon in the Classroom program.

 

Thanks to the innovative curriculum developed by the Columbia River Gorge NFH I&E program and the collaboration of our partners at The Oregon Youth Development Council, The Black Parent Initiative, and Portland Public Schools, these student scientists had a chance to observe and learn about the life cycles of these fish and the important of ecosystem health. This is the first time the Salmon in the Classroom has been taught in a Portland Public School and plenty of media outlets were on hand to watch as the students released hundreds of Chinook salmon fry, toured the facilities, fed fish, and took a guided nature walk.

Contact Info: Amanda Fortin, (503) 872-2852, amanda_fortin@fws.gov