Salmon in the Classroom

Inspiring stewardship through salmon.

The Salmon in the Classroom program engages Clark County students, parents, and community members in environmental stewardship by connecting them with salmon and increasing awareness of salmon’s unique life cycle and habitat requirements. Salmon are an important part of our region’s cultural and natural heritage. By understanding these fish, we can help sustain the intrinsic, cultural, ecologic, and economic values that salmon provide.

Salmon in the Classroom is a program of Columbia Springs in partnership with and funded by Clark Public Utilities. It was created in 1991 by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to provide students an opportunity for hands-on environmental education. By studying salmon, their habitat, and water quality, students discover the interrelationships of species within their local watershed. By learning how to protect the salmon’s habitat, the students ultimately learn how to care for the health of their own environment.

All schools, public and private, throughout Clark County are welcome to participate in the Salmon in the Classroom program.

Become a Participant

Last year 50 classrooms across Clark county participated in the Salmon in the Classroom program. If you would like to join the program, please read our New Teacher Packet  and fill out a SITC Participant Application Form. We will contact you when there are openings for new teachers.

Teacher Curriculum

Teachers, please browse through our online collection of salmon-related curriculum!  The Hero’s Journey is a comprehensive curriculum compiled specifically for Salmon in the Classroom. We also have supporting materials in our WDFW Salmon Trunk, available for teachers to check-out at Columbia Springs.

Salmon Care Resources

Have questions about fish health?  Find out everything you want to know about raising salmon here.

Classroom Activities

The Salmon in the Classroom program offers one in-class educational visit to each of our participants. Participants may choose one of several activities led by the SITC coordinator.


Wondering what your baby salmon look like when they’ve “buttoned up”?  Or what it looks like behind the scenes at Lewis River Hatchery, where your eggs came from?  Check out our blog for a closer look at what’s happening in the 50+ classes in the SITC program!

For more information about Salmon in the Classroom, please contact Katie Woollven at (360) 882-0936 ext. 228 or via email at

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