The Salmon Watch Program, created by Oregon Trout in 1993, connects students with local creeks and rivers through a program that focuses on activities centered around Salmon. The program includes in-class curriculum, service-learning projects, and culminates in a field day where the students complete a number of hands-on activities in the field by a local creek or river. The activities focus on the following modules for the program: salmon biology/salmon life cycles, water quality, macroinvertebrates, and riparian systems. Other modules and activities can be substituted as needed. Local experts, including professional fish biologists, hydrologists, botanists, and educators, participate in the program and share their knowledge and experience by teaching programs at the field days.
Programs are held in Jackson and Josephine County, and we are working to hold classes in Curry County, as well. Field locations currently include (or have included) Valley of the Rogue State Park, McGregor Park, Bear Creek Park, Coyote Trails Nature Center, Palmerton Park, and Cantrall Buckley Park.
Partners in the program that provide in kind support, funding, or other assistance include communities, watershed councils, non-governmental organizations, Land Conservancies, Council of Governments, local utilities (water commission and Rogue Valley Sewer Services), educational organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies.
For program information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Current Program Coordinators
Greg Stabach, Rogue Valley Council of Governments
Frances Oyung, Rogue Valley Sewer Services
Salmon Watch Program 2020/2021
Due to ongoing limitations with COVID 19, offerings for the Fall/Winter 2020 Salmon Watch program have been limited and mostly available virtually. We have created a Virtual Resources Page highlighting offerings including curriculum and self directed programs.
In addition, we held a virtual program at Bear Creek Park in November focused on the macro-invertebrate module. The program featured students and instructors online through zoom and the module instructor and another teacher in the field through YouTube Live. Students from Phoenix, Medford, and Grants Pass participated.
Salmon Watch Program Summary 2019
Thanks for another successful season! With generous funding from the Gray Family Foundation, eighteen partners worked together to provide no-cost field trips to students in the Rogue Basin; bringing students into the field to learn about their home watersheds.
# of Students Served: 1490+
# of Classes Participating: Approximately 48
# of Schools Participating: 18
# of Field Days: 27
# of Individual Instructors Contributing: 30
For more details, check out the Salmon Watch 2019 Wrap-Up.
Program Video (2015)
New in 2019
Resources and Web Links
Data Sheets (from Streamweb)
Full Curriculum including classroom portion from World Salmon Council
Dissection Materials (courtesy of ODFW)
Link to Salmon Watch Resources on the World Salmon Council Website
Link to Resources including Salmon Watch on Stream Webs
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Salmon Watch Classes
Instructor Training in September 2020
Classes anticipated in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
We are working on how to implement the programs under current social distancing restrictions. Preliminary scheduling will be released in August 2020.