Thanks to our Salmon in the Classroom superstars for joining us last week at the Teacher Gathering! On January 25th, Salmon in the Classroom teachers gathered at Columbia Springs for an evening of delicious food, salmon learning, and community building. All our SITC teachers are incredible and inspiring individuals, but because the SITC program is carried out at each school, many of our participants have never met each other. Clearly, it was time for a party. Volunteer lead Terry Walters brought and grilled delicious Coho salmon caught in Alaska for us to eat... AMAZING!!!
Brice Crayne from Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group gave a great presentation about large-scale salmon habitat restoration projects he's involved with (click here for his presentation slides and here for his video of Hamilton Creek. SITC teacher Bill DeBerry scheduled a work day with Brice, so his students can experience this type of habitat restoration first-hand!
Teachers also learned what it's like to raise endangered Chum salmon at Columbia Springs, where these fish come from, and how working with an endangered species differs from the trout and steelhead we normally raise. Hatchery worker Katrina gave us a tour of the incubation rooms to peek at the developing Chum!
Teachers also looked through the materials they're able to check out from Columbia Springs... several teachers took materials home that evening (click here for a list of salmon materials available for check-out)!