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 info(at)stream-smart.com or click on a contact below.
Current Program Coordinators:
Greg Stabach, Rogue Valley Council of Governments
Salmon Watch Program Fall 2021
That’s a wrap! With the continuing challenges of the pandemic, including a lack of school bus drivers and limited chaperones, we provided field trips over a seven-week period, bringing students outdoors to learn about their local watersheds. Thanks to funding from the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District and contributions from the water quality programs of local cities (Ashland, Central Point, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, Medford, Phoenix, and Talent) and counties (Jackson and Josephine), as well as 12 additional partner organizations, we were able to provide no-cost field trips to 3rd through 7th grade students from 9 school districts and 2 private schools in the Rogue Basin. Collaboration and partnership make these kinds of awesome things happen!
Fall 2021 Program Statistics:
# of Students Served: Over 1,240
# of Schools that Participated: 20
# of Individual Instructors that Contributed: 38
For more details, check out the following:
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 TBD
Classes will be implemented following current social distancing guidelines.