"The Salmon in the Classroom project is a youth development program that utilizes natural resource management issues to enhance the math and science literacy of rural youth, prepares them for post high school education, prepares them for a role in managing their local resource and empowers them to make a difference in their community.
This 4-H Natural Resource and Youth Development Program is an integral part of our statewide delivery as a school enrichment program through Cooperative Extension's 4-H Program. Our early partnership with the Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ANKN) and Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative (ADRSI) emphasizing place-based education and culturally responsive teaching methods added tremendously to our program.
Blending western science and traditional ecological knowledge created an important bridge and distinction to our program. We went beyond just raising salmon in a tank to recognizing the deeper cultural, social and economic values and interrelationships associated with a subsistence lifestyle. This further increased our credibility and value to rural educators, students and communities."
~ Peter Stortz, retired Extension Natural Resource & Youth Development Specialist
For more information, please contact:
Kay Shoemaker Howell
4-H Statewide Science & Natural Resources Faculty
UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Anchorage District Office