Salmon in the Schools – Seattle (SIS-Seattle) administers this unique educational program for public and private schools within the city. Area coordinators work directly with teachers to secure coho, chum, or Chinook eggs and assist as students release their fry into local creeks and Lake Washington. SIS-Seattle helps new teachers and school volunteers gain confidence in managing their tanks and provides technical assistance to resolve equipment and water-quality concerns.
As the program engages students in practical application of such core skills as observation, data collection, and math, they gain knowledge in life cycles, interrelationships in ecosystems, environmental stewardship, and the importance of salmon in the Pacific Northwest. Teachers and tank volunteers involve students in caring for their fish, monitoring water chemistry, and documenting fish behavior. They link this study to other units and many foster a “salmon climate” that extends learning and awareness to multiple classes and grades.