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Conservation Education!

Makah NFH
Students collecting aquatic insects

The Makah NFH is serious about investing in our youth. And just like wise financial investments go, we apply a diversified strategy when engaging youth to inspire the next generation of conservation participants, advocates and professionals. The following are examples of programming the Makah NFH has provided.

Salmon in the Classroom: This program involves students raising salmon in their classroom as a means to learn about fisheries science and conservation as well as understand and appreciate the contributions of our National Fish Hatchery program and our tribal partners. The Makah NFH supplies the participating classrooms with fertilized salmon eggs. The students observe and track egg and fry development, perform tank and water maintenance, and feed the fry until they are released in the Tsoo-Yess River. Classroom lessons and field trips are provided by USFWS staff to augment this learning experience.

Hatchery Tours and Spawning Day Events: The Makah NFH staff provides hatchery tours and related fisheries conservation themed activities to interested parties. This includes class field trips, homeschool groups, youth groups and adult groups. Youth programming typically involves splitting the visitors into smaller groups and rotating them through themed learning stations.

Youth Fisheries Academy: The Youth Fisheries Academy (YFA) are single day camps/events aimed at providing participants (ages 10-18) with a better understanding as to what fisheries and aquatic conservation science is, how it is practiced and why it's important. These are simplified "day in the life of fisheries biologists", so they are also designed to introduce youth to potential careers in conservation science. Participants are split into small groups that rotate through themed learning stations, including: data collection (stream sampling), fish identification and health, fish & wildlife technology and fish anatomy & physiology (salmon & trout dissections). Fishing and hunting content have also been included by request.

Kids Fishing Days: Promoting hunting and fishing skills, opportunities and access is a USFWS priority. As such, the Makah NFH strives to inspire and foster the next generation of hunters and anglers by providing annual Kids Fishing Days for the local community and area visitors. In addition to providing the opportunity for youth to hook, land and keep monster rainbow trout, the Makah NFH and partners such as the Makah Tribe and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge provide other engaging activities for the event participants. These include: arts & crafts, archery and spin casting with fish identification. .

 

Last Updated: June 18, 2018
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