The Salmon in School program is an environmental education program available to schools in Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin counties. The program provides individual schools or classrooms an aquarium that will be used to raise chinook salmon during the school year. Tri-State Steelheaders provides all necessary tank equipment, setup, salmon eggs, and permits needed. TSS staff also provide monthly lessons focusing on water, riparian areas, plants and animals, and the salmon life cycle. Participating classrooms will monitor the water quality of the tank and how the salmon mature. Classrooms typically receive the salmon eggs in October and release the fish as juveniles in April. Currently, we have ten classrooms in the Salmon in School Program, including classrooms from Walla Walla High School, the Wa-Hi Opportunity Program, Prescott, Touchet, Vista Hermosa, John Sager Middle School, Davis Elementary School, and Rogers Adventist School.
We are continually looking for local schools that would like to get involved with the program. If you think this sounds like a program your school might be interested in or have any questions, please contact Andrew Bassler.
There is no cost for the schools or teachers participating in the program. All equipment and staff costs are covered by Tri-State Steelheaders. If you would like to help the Salmon in School program with a monetary donation, you may do so here – any support would be greatly appreciated.