Our field trips and lessons conform to the Washington State Science Learning Standards (WSSLS)/Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and are designed to stand alone but can also be combined with other lessons to form a yearlong environmental education experience. We highly encourage teachers to sign their classes up for multiple lessons to provide a meaningful and in-depth salmon and watershed ecology curriculum.
Field trips are held regardless of rain or shine February-November. Field trips involving native tree & shrub planting can only be conducted in February/March or September/October/November. Fees vary; in many cases we are able to offer programs free of cost to you. Fill out the contact form on the Education page to inquire about lesson scheduling.
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New! Community Action Training School (CATS)
Join Sound Salmon Solutions and Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group for eight weeks of in-depth presentations, discussions, and field trips which are designed to help you create positive change in your watershed. Classes begin July 10, 2019. For more information and to apply, please visit our CATS information page.
Macroinvertebrates - Students identify and categorize aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates as a biological indicator of water quality. 45-120 minutes. NGSS: 3-LS4-3, 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-1, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5
Tree Planting - Students are given an opportunity to plant native trees and shrubs on an active habitat restoration site. 60-90 minutes. NGSS: 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4
Water Quality Testing - Students become scientists by collecting water samples and using testing kits to measure and collect data on the health of a local stream. They will understand the value of clean water and how that is defined. 45-60 minutes. NGSS: 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-4, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS4-5, HS-ESS3-4
The 5 C’s of Salmon Habitat - Students learn about the critical habitat components necessary for salmon survival! This lesson can be added on to any field trip. 30 minutes. NGSS: 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-3, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-5,HS-ESS3-4
IN CLASS LESSONS
Hooks and Ladders - Students become spawning salmon in this fun, interactive game that teaches students about all of the obstacles salmon face throughout their life cycle. This lesson can also be done as a field trip. 45 minutes. NGSS: 5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-1
Erosion Modeling -Students gain experience with the scientific process by conducting an investigation that explores the factors that increase or decrease erosion using a model they build. 120 minutes. NGSS: 4-ESS2-1, 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-3
Macroinvertebrates (Lab option) - Students identify and categorize aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates as a biological indicator of water quality. 45-120 minutes. NGSS: 3-LS4-3, 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-1, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5
Are you looking for something that you don't see here? The Education Team at Sound Salmon Solutions would be happy to help you meet your programmatic goals. Whether you are arranging a camp, nature club, or science night at your school, we can create an age-appropriate and engaging educational opportunity for your group. Fill out the contact form on the Education page to get started!