Education - Let's Go Outside!
In the past, 4th grade students from Lake Quinault School reared coho salmon in the classroom. The students observe the daily development of salmon eggs as they slowly grow into feeding fry. At the fry stage the students return to the hatchery to release the fry into Cook Creek so the tiny fish can over-winter and begin their migration to the ocean in subsequent years.
In addition to rearing fry, students also conducted field surveys to investigate and learn about aquatic macro invertebrates (aquatic insects).
Hatchery Fish biologists along with U.S. Forest Service personnel assisted the children with collection and identification of various organisms as well as a discussion about the salient features of productive aquatic ecosystem.
The hatchery initiated a Junior Fishery Biologist Program in 2004. A student from Lake Quinault School is s selected who is interested in pursuing an education in fisheries or environmental studies. Student volunteers are a mainstay at the hatchery. The first student to participate was Matt Harris who represented Lake Quinault School from Amanda Park, Washington. This program allows for a local high school student to gain hands on experience with fish culture and become familiar with the daily operations of a fish production facility. As part of this program Matt was required to conduct special studies pertaining to stream ecology and fish condition factor analysis. The hatchery offers other student volunteer opportunities as well.