Every September and October, thousands of Alaskan students visit local rivers and creeks to witness the birth of a new generation of salmon. These students are participants in the UAF Cooperative Extension Service 4-H and Alaska Department of Fish and Game's (ADF&G) Salmon in the Classroom Program.
This innovative, science-based program allows schools to raise salmon from the egg to the fry stage in classroom incubators. Through participation in the Salmon Watersheds Environmental Education Program (SWEEP), students learn about the life cycle and biology of Pacific Salmon species, their habitat requirements, forest ecology, the water cycle, human impact on watersheds, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and ways to protect Alaska’s valuable wild salmon for future generations.
The salmon Egg-take process
Salmon eggs that are destined for classrooms all over Alaska begin their journey at the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery in Anchorage. Scroll through the photos below for an overview of the packing process and stay tuned for photo updates of salmon progress:
A Salmon-Eye view
Video created by Jason Floyd, Kay Shoemaker Howell and 4-H youth involved in the Seward Summer Service Camp while they hiked the watershed that these salmon live in (Exit Glacier to Resurrection Bay).
Resources for educators
Salmon in the Classroom: Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
Alaska Department of Fish and Game for Educators
Alaska Natural Resource and Environmental Literacy Plan
Alaska Sea Grant's Seas and Watersheds Curriculum
Salmon Incubation Permit
The Salmon Game from "Exploring Ecology in Alaska"
Anchorage School District Salmon Journal
Chugach Children's Forest Salmon Video
Alaska Native Knowledge Network
Stream of Dreams
Interested in learning more about opportunities with the 4-H Science and Natural Resource Education Program? Contact Kay!
Kay Shoemaker Howell
4-H and Youth Development Faculty
Statewide Science and Natural Resource Education
UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Anchorage