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School's Out(side), and In: Quinault NFH Sponsors Salmon in the Classroom, Youth Fisheries Academy


Salmon in the Classroom is back!

Service biologists and AmeriCorps Service Members are using coho eggs from Quinault National Fish Hatchery to teach area 4th graders about the salmon life cycle of a local salmon species.

Eggs collected at the hatchery are delivered to Lake Quinault School in late fall and placed in tanks, where students observe their daily development from the 'eyed' egg stage to hatch to growth as feeding fry. Area students then return the fish to the hatchery for release into Cook Creek, where they overwinter and eventually migrate to the ocean about 18 months after hatching. In spring, students also conduct stream surveys that help them investigate and learn about aquatic macroinvertebrates.


Youth Fisheries Academy Reaches Quinault NFH

In 2014 the Service introduced a new conservation education program to the area, the Youth Fisheries Academy . Now in its fourth year, Youth Fisheries Academy expanded for the first time to Quinault National Fish Hatchery on August 12, 2014. Thirty-five tribal youth between the ages of 6 and 13 participated.

The curriculum was developed and is taught by Western Washington Fishery Resource Office Biological Science Technician Dan Spencer, along with the help of AmeriCorps Service Members Dan mentors. The day camp teaches participants fish sampling methods such as seining, kick sampling, or other site-appropriate methods appropriate to the site. Camp youth also learn to identify both fish and invertebrates collected on-site, study fish anatomy by dissecting adult salmon from one of our hatcheries, and fisheries technology including radio tracking hide and seek. The curriculum and information provided is adjusted based on the age of the participants and goals of our partners.

For more information about the programs, contact the hatchery at 360-288-2508, or email Dan Spencer at daniel_spencer@


Last Updated: September 21, 2016
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