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Salmon in the Classroom comes to Boise-Eliot-Humboldt Elementary School

Region 1, January 4, 2013
Students get a closer look at the life cycle of salmon
Students get a closer look at the life cycle of salmon - Photo Credit: n/a
One of the 150 salmon eggs delivered to the school. Over the next couple of months, the students will be able to observe the transformation these fish undergo as they become fry ready for release.
One of the 150 salmon eggs delivered to the school. Over the next couple of months, the students will be able to observe the transformation these fish undergo as they become fry ready for release. - Photo Credit: n/a
Fish and Wildlife Biologist Sean Connolly leads a discussion with students excited to share their knowledge and ask questions about salmon.
Fish and Wildlife Biologist Sean Connolly leads a discussion with students excited to share their knowledge and ask questions about salmon. - Photo Credit: n/a
Students gather around the new tank to check out the tiny pink salmon eggs they will see change over the next two months.
Students gather around the new tank to check out the tiny pink salmon eggs they will see change over the next two months. - Photo Credit: n/a
The new Salmon in the Classroom tank now holds 150 salmon eggs and is on display in the library of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt elementary school so that all students can observe their transformation into fry.
The new Salmon in the Classroom tank now holds 150 salmon eggs and is on display in the library of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt elementary school so that all students can observe their transformation into fry. - Photo Credit: n/a

This innovative cross-curricular program involves students in raising salmon from egg to fry stage in their classroom. USFWS biologists work with teachers to provide guidance at each stage of growth, lead activities that build an understanding of salmon’s importance, and foster greater environmental stewardship.

 

For the first time, students in the Portland Public School system will have the opportunity to engage with Salmon in the Classroom. Thanks to the support of our partners in the Black Parent Initiative, Oregon Youth Development Council, and Portland Public Schools, USFWS is able to bring this program to the students at Boise-Eliot-Humboldt Elementary School in Northeast Portland, Oregon.

Using curriculum developed and implemented by the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery Information and Education Office, Salmon in the Classroom is designed to meet the new standards of education of our schools and ties environmental education objectives to the Grade Level Expectations in all subject areas.

On Thursday, January 3, staff from our Diversity & Civil Rights and Fisheries programs delivered about 150 salmon eggs to Boise-Eliot/Humboldt elementary school this morning. Excited student scientists participated in discussion and asked questions about the life cycles of salmon which they will be able to observe firsthand over the next two and half months.

See more Salmon in the Classroom photos on our Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific


Learn more about educational opportunities through Spring Creek Education & Outreach Office: http://www.fws.gov/gorgefish/springcreek/education.html

Learn more about our partners:

The Black Parent Initiative: http://thebpi.org/

Oregon Youth Development Council: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/docs/OEIB/1aaYouthDevelopmentCouncilInfoSheet.pdf

Portland Public Schools: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/boise-eliot/

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