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Salmon in the Classroom - For Learning, Not Lunch!

From egg to fry -- students are getting a first-hand look at how salmon grow and devleop.

salmon_eggs_teachFishery Biologist Sean Connolly talks to the students about salmon and the importance of protecting their habitat. (Photo: USFWS)

For the first time, students in the Portland Public School system have the opportunity to engage with Salmon in the Classroom, a curriculum created and implemented by the Columbia Gorge National Fish Hatchery Information and Education Office.

This innovative cross-curricular program engages students and gives them an up-close-and-personal look at salmon. Our biologists are working 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.

Thanks to the support of our partners in the Black Parent Initiative, Oregon Youth Development Council, and Portland Public Schools, we're able to bring this program to the students at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School in Northeast Portland, Oregon.

The first batch of eggs -- 150 in all -- have already been delivered and student scientists are excited about this unique opportunity to watch their salmon eggs grow.

See more Salmon in the Classroom photos on our Pacific Region Flickr and get updates about the progress of the program on the Pacific Region Tumblr.

This blog post orginally appeard in Field Notes, a site that showcases the activities and accomplishments of the USFWS.

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