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STOCKTON FWO:A day of celebration at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery
California-Nevada Offices , October 15, 2011
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Greg Nelson of the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office educates children through the use of the “Create Your Own River Habitat!” activity.
Greg Nelson of the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office educates children through the use of the “Create Your Own River Habitat!” activity. - Photo Credit: USFWS

By the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office Staff

For 21 years the Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson, Calif., has been hosting the Return of the Salmon Festival each October. Thousands show up to learn more about salmon, experience a day at the hatchery, and have fun.
 
This year Greg Nelson and Jerrica Lewis of the USFWS Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office joined other Service staff and had an opportunity to rub elbows with the 6,000+ people who came out to visit the festival this year. 
 
“The booth offered fun, educational information on Chinook salmon and other native fishes,” said Lewis. “We provided information, hands on displays, brochures, wildlife tattoos, and coloring books for kids. The ‘Create Your Own Salmon Habitat!’ activity, developed by the Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program, encouraged children and their parents to use their imagination and knowledge to create a clean natural river habitat for salmon.”
 
Lewis said she and her booth co-workers were intrigued by the emotional responses of the visitors based on their experiences and obvious passion for nature.
 
Participants at the booth were given a variety of appreciation gifts such as pencils, rulers, and magnifying glasses to encourage and emphasize the importance of classroom and hands on education about the great outdoors and natural resource management.

According to Lewis the 2011 Return of the Salmon Festival was a great success due primarily to the efforts of the Coleman National Fish Hatchery employee’s and their project leader, Scott Hamelberg.
 
NOTE: Jerrica Lewis contributed to this article.


Contact Info: Joseph Kirsch, 209-334-2968 ext. 309, joseph_kirsch@fws.gov



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