Salmon In The Classroom

Welcome to the Salmon in the Classroom Program!

The Seaport is working with Tacoma Public Schools & Pierce Conservation District to bring salmon tanks into elementary schools across Tacoma. Starting in 2022 we will be raising Coho salmon in 19 schools. Students will be assisting in raising these salmon from eggs to fry before determining where they will be released next Spring.

The Seaport & PCD are going into their second year of raising salmon with Tacoma Public School students. This year we will be raising Coho Salmon from the Diru Creek Hatchery which is a Puyallup Tribal hatchery. Collectively we will be raising over 3,000 salmon from egg to fry from December to March. The goal is for every public elementary school in Tacoma to raise and release salmon.

The Seaport and PCD visit each "Salmon School" twice before the students go on a half day field trip where they release their salmon. One of the visits we did last year was to discuss an ideal environment for salmon to be raised in. Students created a "dream" and "nightmare" stream using native & invasive plants, and other materials. As you can see in the image to the left, students created a "dream stream" on the left and a "nightmare stream" on the right of their butcher paper.

This program is a partnership between Tacoma Public Schools, the Foss Waterway Seaport and Pierce Conservation District. Funding comes from grants secured by the Foss Waterway Seaport, the NW Salmon Enhancement Group (funded by OSPI), and private donations.

The Seaport & PCD are going into their second year of raising salmon with Tacoma Public School students. This year we will be raising Coho Salmon from the Diru Creek Hatchery which is a Puyallup Tribal hatchery. Collectively we will be raising over 3,000 salmon from egg to fry from December to March. The goal is for every public elementary school in Tacoma to raise and release salmon.

The Seaport and PCD visit each "Salmon School" twice before the students go on a half day field trip where they release their salmon. One of the visits we did last year was to discuss an ideal environment for salmon to be raised in. Students created a "dream" and "nightmare" stream using native & invasive plants, and other materials. As you can see in the image to the left, students created a "dream stream" on the left and a "nightmare stream" on the right of their butcher paper.

This program is a partnership between Tacoma Public Schools, the Foss Waterway Seaport and Pierce Conservation District. Funding comes from grants secured by the Foss Waterway Seaport, the NW Salmon Enhancement Group (funded by OSPI), and private donations.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the release be?

March 2023, exact dates TBD

Can I come to the release?

The releases are for our students only. The general public is welcome to visit our salmon as they grow at the Seaport during operating hours.

What kind of salmon are students raising?

Coho salmon.

Community Salmon Release at Swan Creek (March 2022
A student ready to release their salmon!
One of the field trip activities was observing aquatic macroinvertebrates to determine the water quality of Swan Creek.

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Resources

For Students and Community

Resources

For Students and Community

Student Salmon Journal - Ready To Print!

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For Teachers

Salmon Teacher Curriculum Manual

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Teacher Program Timeline & Tank Care Timeline

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Salmon Tank Handbook

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