Fisheries Program
Northeast Region
Students learn about fish spawning. Credit: USFWS
Students learn about fish spawning. Credit: USFWS

School Programs

Atlantic Salmon Programs

The following Atlantic salmon-centric environmental education programs are designed to promote an understanding of fisheries restoration and management and provide hands-on watershed stewardship through experiential learning in the classroom. Thousands of students in hundreds of schools in CT, MA, NH, VT, RI and ME participate in these locally-based programs annually. Students hatch and raise young Atlantic salmon in the classroom and later release the fish in streams within their community. These interdisciplinary projects empower student responsibility for their natural environment.

Atlantic Salmon Egg Rearing Program

  • Initiated in Massachusetts in 1997 by Trout Unlimited, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Service
  • Administered by the Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office in schools located in MA, NH and VT in cooperation with the White River NFH, Dwight D. Eisenhower NFH, and Richard Cronin NSS

Connecticut River Coordinator Atlantic Salmon Egg Rearing Program website

Adopt-A-Salmon Program

  • In schools in southern Maine, eastern New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and Rhode Island since 1992
  • Winner of the 2010 New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Conservation Organization Award of Excellence
  • Administered in about 34 schools by the Central New England Fisheries Resource Office with support from the North Attleboro NFH, the Amoskeag Fishway, and a corps of very dedicated volunteers and Student Conservation Association interns

Central New England Fishery Resources Office Adopt-a-Salmon Program website

Salmon-in-Schools Education Program

  • Education about Atlantic salmon and their habitats is an essential component of rebuilding wild populations of endangered Atlantic salmon in their native watersheds in Maine
  • Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery has an active Outreach and Education program which reaches out to students and adults through tours, presentations and in-classroom experiences, both at the hatchery and in the field
  • Program is conducted throughout the State of Maine.

Maine Fisheries Program Complex Salmon-in-Schools website

Salmon suit. Credit: USFWS
Salmon suit. Credit: USFWS

Salmon-in-Schools Program

  • The Connecticut River Salmon Association (CRSA) provides guidance and teacher education, technical assistance and materials, as well as critical links to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CTDEP) and the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project
  • Implemented and administered by the CRSA in cooperation with the CTDEP
  • Program conducted throughout the State of Connecticut

Connecticut River Salmon Association website

National Outdoor Classroom

The White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery in West Virginia is one of two hatcheries in the country offering pilot locations for their National Outdoor Classroom Initiative. The National Outdoor Classroom will include infrastructure including an amphitheatre, a  teaching-wetland, wetland-boardwalk, Aquarium of the Applachians, stream habitat restoration education center and woodland nature trail. This Program will provide school teachers and their students in the White Sulphur Springs area with a chance to get out of the classroom and connect with nature.

White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery website

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