Salmon, Streams, and Science
After a brief hatchery tour, the students participated in a variety of activities. Students pretended to be salmon navigating their way from the river to the ocean and back again in “The Gauntlet”. The activity demonstrated the many obstacles and hazards salmon may encounter on their amazing journey. Another activity mimicked how adult salmon use their sense of smell to find their way back to their natal streams.
The day was not all filled with games though. A fish was dissected to give the students a glimpse of the internal anatomy of a salmon. A presentation highlighting Pacific lamprey included a live demonstration of adult and larval lamprey. Students learned a bit of the life history of the Pacific lamprey and their importance to the ecosystem and Native American cultures. For most, holding the lamprey was a new and exciting experience.
The students enjoyed the day and learned a bit on the way. We hope this becomes an annual event.
Learn more about Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery.
Last updated: July 15, 2013