Fri, Sep 30|
Salmon in the Classroom Program Hooks Students to River Stewardship
Time & Location
Sep 30, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
About the event
Each January, the San Joaquin Valley's Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery supplies Chinook Salmon eggs to interested classrooms through a permitting program run by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Aquarium on the Classroom program. With the help of San Joaquin County- PW, City of Stockton, City of Lodi, LUSD, San Joaquin Office of Education, the Upper Mokelumne River Stewardship Through Education Program, and Delta-Fly-Fishers, the program continues to grow, while NPDES permits requirements are met for Public Participation and Public Involvement. Fish eggs are delivered to classrooms by partnering agencies, then slid into a super chilled fish tank as students watch in excitement. Students then spend six weeks watching a constantly changing, phenomena of eggs hatching, fish unable to swim laying at the bottom of the tank, and finally, fish learning to swim. Teachers use many resources to help students learn about salmon. Six weeks later the the tiny salmon alevin are released back to the Mokelumne River during a student visit and activity day at the Hatchery. Students document their fish studies in journals, play games, take a nature hike, make salmon art, and finally, learn about the importance of water quality to fish and to all of us. Students discover that people's impact on river systems often starts with their own behavior from home. Come join us at the Salmon Classroom program session, and learn how to hook your own community to learn more about their local watersheds.
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