Environmental Stewardship with Salmon In The Classroom

posted Apr 4, 2014, 11:33 AM by BGPS Web

Environmental Stewardship With Salmon In The Classroom

April 4, 2014

Battle Ground, WA – Students throughout the district are learning about environmental stewardship by raising salmon in the classroom. Sponsored by Columbia Springs and Clark Public Utilities the Salmon in the Classroom (SITC) program has been providing hands on education for students throughout the county since 1991. This program engages Clark County students, teachers, parents, and community members in environmental stewardship by increasing awareness of the salmon’s unique life cycle and habitat requirements. Laurin Middle, Glenwood Heights Primary, Amboy Middle, CAM Academy, CASEE, Chief Umtuch Middle, and Daybreak Middle schools participated in this year’s program.
From left to right: Christian Minor, Ethan Faust, Amanda Frankel (SITC Coordinator) Carter Miller not shown and Braden Tanninen.

At Laurin Middle School students got hands on experience with the salmon from being able to study them through multiple stages of early life and eventually releasing them back to the wild.  “Through this experience, students gain insight into the complex relationships in nature, the importance of a healthy environment, and form personal connections to nature,” said Tina Patten, teacher at Laurin Middle School. This program is in connection with Laurin’s After School Fishing Program managed by Darrell Kirkpatrick. With the support of grants and local donations this program teaches fishing, ecology and gives student’s exposure to local rivers and streams.

The SCIT program gives students the opportunity to learn about local habitats, the interrelationships between species within their local watersheds, and the importance of keeping our environment healthy and clean. Multiple lesson plans are developed around this program allowing students to interact with material for the full year.

In addition to raising salmon, the SCIT program offers a unique fish dissection learning opportunity as students get a true hands-on experience exploring the external and internal anatomy of a trout. Through this program, students not only understand how the body of a fish is similar to their own, but how they adapt for survival in their own unique environment.

For more information on SITC please visit the Columbia Springs webpage at http://www.columbiasprings.org