Becoming a Salmon in the Classroom Participant


Having Salmon in the Classroom as part of your school is a great asset, however, it does require extra work and responsibility. Follow these steps to become a salmon parent!


1) Familiarize yourself with the requirements; teachers who join SITC agree to:

  • Replace low-cost consumable equipment as needed ($10-$20/year)

  • Communicate with SITC coordinator to schedule delivery of fingerlings and eggs

  • Perform required tank maintenance (1-4 hrs/month)

  • Carry out basic trouble-shooting, and communicate equipment needs

  • Release fish on time, report release info on time

  • Use the tank as a teaching tool throughout the year (provide students with a minimum of 1 salmon-related activity per semester)

  • Read more in the "New Teacher Packet"


2) Submit Your Permit Application

You may apply for the Salmon in the Classroom program by filling out our SITC Participant Application Form, below. The Salmon in the Classroom Coordinator will then submit your application for review by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff biologists to ensure species and habitat suitability. Applications are accepted year-round, but those submitted by March 31st are prioritized for participation the following school year.


3) Set up Your Aquarium

Once your application has been approved by WDFW, the SITC coordinator will contact you to schedule a new teacher orientation meeting.  After that, you will set up a time to receive and assemble your tank equipment!  Columbia Springs provides all the necessary equipment for the initial tank set-up. However, you may be put on a waiting list depending on equipment availability and the needs of current participants. We look forward to working with you!

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