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STOCKTON FWO: Wilson Elementary School Invites Stockton FWO to First Annual Science Day

Region 8, April 29, 2011

By Pam Tarelli

The Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office (STFWO) participated in the Wilson Elementary School’s first annual science day on April 29, 2011. The Wilson Elementary School is located in Modesto, California and invited the STFWO to attend the event.

Three hundred kindergarten through sixth grade students spent the day exploring science with forty hands-on exhibits provided by local businesses, volunteers and government agencies.

STFWO employees Julie Wolford and Pam Tarelli presented four one-hour long interactive sessions. In each session, students were able to watch a short video about the life cycle of salmon, perform a mock beach seine, and learn how to tag fake fish using various tagging techniques. An aquarium with live fish also was on display to show the students what fish species can be found in their local area.

The students made salmon egg bracelets while being quizzed on and subsequently rewarded with prizes for their fish knowledge. At the close of each session, each student received a gift bag full of fun and informational items, and a wealth of knowledge on fish biology and management.

Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov