The Salmon Center staff and volunteers provide stewardship learning opportunities to regional K-12 and college classrooms. School programs are designed to engage students in the marvels of the Hood Canal watershed, the salmon that depend on it and the understanding that a healthy ecosystem is good for all living things. A few of our current school programs and offerings include:
The GreenSTEM program supports K-12 teachers and students integrate learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with field based investigations and Sustainable Design Projects. Since 2009, the Pacific Education Institute has collaborated with Olympic Education Service District 114 and the Salmon Center to offer project support for participating West Sound / Olympic Peninsula teachers and students. Each spring, the Salmon Center hosts a summit for students to showcase their projects. For more information visit www.westsoundgreenstem.net or contact us.
Salmon in the Classroom
The Salmon Center provides support for the Salmon in the Classroom programs at local elementary schools in the North Mason, Pioneer and Shelton school districts. We provide salmon aquarium monitoring as well as salmon life cycle presentations and coordinate release events for students to release the fry they have been raising throughout the program. Classroom presentations strive to augment current curriculum and engage students in the amazing journey of salmon throughout the stages of their life cycle.
Classroom Presentations / Field Trips
Throughout the school year, Salmon Center staff mentors local K-12 and college students regarding our Hood Canal watershed and current research projects.The Center offers Project WET, WILD and Project Learning Tree presentations and/or activities in school classrooms. Short or long-term monitoring activities are also offered at the Salmon Center facility.To learn more about presentations, or to schedule a field trip, contact us.
The Salmon Center has project resources and supplies available to teachers and club leaders that can be used to augment school and club projects. There is a variety of field equipment kits, supplies and literature available. Materials include bird, macro-invertebrate and invasive weed identification kits, wildlife tracking supplies, WA Nature Mapping resources and a WDFW Salmon Trunk. If you’d like to learn more about available resources, please visit our kit page.