This past week, our annual Salmon in the Classroom program wrapped up with the release of thousands of fall chum fry into Sweetwater Creek in Belfair. The Salmon in the Classroom program is a unique partnership between organizations like ours and local schools. Staff and interns from the Salmon Center provide eyed fall chum eggs to students and provide presentations that teach students about the salmon life cycle, habitat needs, and water quality monitoring. Students take care of the fish for nearly four months, feeding them and monitoring water temperature and pH levels. For many of the students, it is their first exposure to salmon.
Nearly 180 3rd grade students from Belfair and Sand Hill Elementary school took part in the fish releases, as well as other salmon-related games and activities. Take a look at photos from the events below!