Salmon in the Schools is a program that teaches students that we all have a role to play in protecting our local watersheds. Each year, about 70 schools raise young salmon and learn about how human actions impact salmon and our local waterways.
In the Pacific Northwest, salmon are important to our history, culture and economy. They are an indicator of the health of our waterways and feed both people and orcas. Each January, classes receive salmon eggs and begin to learn about the salmon lifecycle and what kind of habitat salmon need to thrive. In spring, students take a field trip to a local creek to release the salmon they’ve raised during the school year.
The program began in 1991 with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and has been nurtured, cared for, and run in Seattle since then by a leadership team of representatives from Seattle Public Utilities, Fauntleroy Watershed Council, and Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project.
Seattle in the Schools – Seattle is funded by Seattle Public Utilities and as of January 2023, IslandWood has been selected to work in partnership with the leadership team to help coordinate and run the program moving forward.
IslandWood acknowledges that we live and work on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, who have been stewards of this region's land and waters since time immemorial, and who continue to protect these lands and waters for future generations, as promised by the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855, and the Treaty of Medicine Creek of 1854.
While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish (suq̀ʷabš) and Duwamish (dxʷdɐwʔabʃ) land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish (sduhúbʃ), Puyallup (spuyaləpabš), Muckleshoot (buklshuhls), Skokomish (sqoqc’bes), and S’Klallam (nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm) peoples.
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