Program Growth Supports Teaching Teams

July 17, 2019

Participation and engagement grew again in 2018-19, and we served over 2000 individual students from 95 different classes!  Learn how team participation makes our program stronger, and about our efforts to support 3rd grade NGSS science standards.  Take a look at our new high school field experience, too!

Teachers Get More Hands-On This Egg Season

March 01, 2019

This year we invited teachers to get more hands-on during egg rearing season... and they did!  Find out how teachers engage students once salmon eggs arrive.  Learn about our successful hatching this season despite initial high loss.

Making Fingerling Deliveries more Engaging

January 25, 2019

We added a new activity in the fall to increase student investment in their salmon tanks at the beginning of the school year. By increasing the number of delivery dates we offered and training two new employees to lead activities, we were able to help 53 classes provide hands-on learning to 1,116 students. 

Kids Set Salmon Fry Free In Salmon Creek

June 09, 2017

An aquatic team of basketball players, Pokemon and fast-food dishes departed on a journey to the Pacific Ocean on Friday as a class of fourth-graders set salmon fry free.  The annual fish release for Columbia Springs’ Salmon in the Classroom program brings 800 elementary school students to Salmon Creek in June...

Salmon in the Classroom Instills Stewardship

June 08, 2017

After learning about and raising salmon in their school throughout the year, third through fifth grade students from Vancouver and Battle Ground will release their salmon into Salmon Creek between June 6 and 15. During the celebration...

Fish Dissections... More Than Blood and Guts!

October 31, 2017

Of all the educational activities we provide, fish dissections rank as a favorite among teachers and students.  Learn more about this activity, and how we make sure students take the lead.

Green Mountain Students Plant Trees Near Lewis River

March 15, 2017

Woodland — Green Mountain Middle School students took a community service field trip to the Haapa Boat Launch on the Lewis River, where Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group’s Brice Crayne gave them a tour and told them about his group’s efforts with habitat restoration. The group also...

Daybreak 5th Graders Touch Beating Fish Hearts

March 02, 2017

“Gross, but AWESOME!” That's how students usually describe the fish dissections from the Salmon in the Classroom (SITC) program, and this year certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact, the students in Mike Walsh’s fifth grade science class at Daybreak Middle School got to see and touch not one, but TWO beating fish hearts, and we’ve got the video to prove it...

Battle Ground Teacher Gets Top National Award For Math, Science Teaching

September 20, 2016

After a life of selling software left Meredith Gannon feeling unfulfilled, she set her sights on a more noble cause: teaching.  And it was apparently the right fit for Gannon, an instructional coach at Tukes Valley Primary School. She was recently awarded the prestigious Presidential Award....

Connecting With Their Environment

October 27, 2015

Having pets in the classroom is an experience that many remember for a lifetime.

At Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School in Washougal, a fourth-grade classroom recently acquired some pretty unique pets: Fifteen Coho salmon fingerlings...

Students Gain Knowledge As They Release Salmon Into Creek

March 20, 2015

BATTLE GROUND — Squatting on the bank of Gravel Point Creek, Andrew Swatosh, 10, released a scoop of tiny coho into the tributary of Salmon Creek.  Landowner Jim Orander waded into the creek, picked up another wooden trough squirming with salmon fry and set it down at the water’s edge. Each of Andrew’s fourth-grade classmates...

Spotted: Salmon In The Classroom

April 14, 2010

After releasing around 10,000 coho salmon fry into an unnamed tributary of Salmon Creek, property owner Jim Orander says he’ll be lucky if he sees five come back three years from now. But that’s the point...

SITC Program Reports

August 02, 2015

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