Connecticut River Coordinator's Office
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Photo of a teacher setting up equipment in his classroom - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo of a teacher setting up equipment in his classroom. Credit: USFWS

Salmon-In-Schools

Partner-supported salmon-in-the-classroom education programs have been started in over 100 schools throughout the Connecticut River basin. Kids actually hatch salmon eggs and rear salmon in classroom, later releasing them into appropriate habitat in or near their communities.

While the precise program varies, all of the programs are science-based, and designed to inform and empower students as the future generation of natural resource stewards. These programs are interdisciplinary and they go beyond classroom borders to involve the local community in resource management.

  • The This link opens in a new windowAtlantic Salmon Egg Rearing Program, initiated in Massachusetts in 1997 by Trout Unlimited, parallels similar initiatives in NH, CT and VT.

  • The This link opens in a new windowAdopt-A-Salmon Program is active in 65 schools, including 27 in Eastern Massachusetts, 22 in New Hampshire, 14 in Rhode Island and two in Maine.

  • The Trout Unlimited Atlantic Salmon Egg Rearing Program is active in 33 schools in Western Massachusetts.

  • The Connecticut River Salmon Association is making use of the This link opens in a new windowFish Friends program in 53 schools in Connecticut.

  • The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum is working with 13 schools in Vermont.

  • The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is working with 11 schools in Vermont and 1 school in New Hampshire.

Photo of students from JFK High School, Springfield, MA, releasing salmon produced in their classroom - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo of students from JFK High School, Springfield, MA, releasing salmon produced in their classroom. Credit: USFWS

 

 

 
 

 

 
Last updated: September 6, 2010
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