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2018 Salmon Watch Program: Connecting Kids to Creek

 

Across the Rogue Basin, we’re looking forward to the seasonal shift into fall salmon migration. The longstanding Salmon Watch Program is getting geared up to share the excitement and wonder with school-age students across the Basin. Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG) and Rogue Valley Sewer Services (RVSS) staff are teaming up again to coordinate the endeavor, and plan to expand on last year’s successes with generous support from the Gray Family Foundation. In 2017, the local Salmon Watch Program earned the support of 16 local partner organizations lending staff time for outdoor field instruction, which reached over 1100 students! We’re proud of the Salmon Watch Program because it is a great example of how local partnerships working together can have a greater community impact.

 

Salmon Watch delivers students a hands-on learning experience with local experts in the field. Some teachers pair the experience with in-class instruction prior to the field day, or as part of a class-led service learning project. Check out the 2017 Salmon Watch Program report and learn more about Scenic Middle School’s riparian project. Photo credits: RVSS and RVCOG.

 

The program is coordinated with similar efforts in the state, including the program delivered by World Salmon Council. The focus is hands-on field study and in-stream observation during fall salmon runs.

WATER QUALITY25%
MACRO INVERTEBRATES25%
SALMON BIOLOGY & LIFECYCLE25%
RIPARIAN AREAS25%

Students divide into smaller groups and rotate through four core learning stations.

The rotation is targeted to 3rd – 8th grade students and helps teachers meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The multidisciplinary approach and community partnerships help students engage in real-world learning. For some students, it’s their first time seeing salmon and exploring our riparian parks.

This year, the Salmon Watch Program will kick-off with an instructor training course on September 12th, from 3:30-5pm, and field days will run from late September to early November.

Volunteer to be an instructor or host a field day near you. Contact Greg Stabach at gstabach@rvcog.org, 541-423-1370

Learn more about how you can protect our streams and rivers at http://www.stream-smart.com

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