A "Salmon in the Classroom" program partnership between
Yakima Area Arboretum (YAA),
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), &
Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program (YBEEP) and made possible thanks to Heritage University (HU).
We are hosting these chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in a year where many classrooms will not be partaking in the very popular “Salmon in the Classroom” curriculum due to staffing and time constraints. We will be supporting our local schools in a time when traditional field trips and unique learning opportunities are not available due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We will be posting updates on the chinook salmon eggs/young in the form of written observations, pictures, videos, and more on this page. As the weeks go on, we will also be creating and sharing different lessons and learning opportunities below that talk and teach about salmon and their development, which can be used for free in any classrooms by any students in any setting.
Schools, classrooms, and youth groups can also request “virtual fieldtrips” to view and see eggs/salmon live and to be able to talk with Arboretum staff and volunteers working on the project over Zoom. Requests for specific curriculum or information is also encouraged to be able to meet the needs of our local students and families. Please contact Education and Outreach Coordinator Garrett Brenden for more information.
Continue Below for Observations, Lessons, Information, and More!