Our field trips and lessons conform to 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 March-October. Field trips involving native tree & shrub planting can only be conducted in March/April or September/October. Fill out the contact form on the Education page to schedule your lessons and for more information.
Macroinvertebrates - Identify and categorize aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates as a biological indicator of water quality. 45-120 minutes. NGSS: 3-LS4-2, 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
Ecosystems - Learn about a food chain and why it is important in an engaging and hands on way. 45-60 minutes. NGSS: 5-LS2-1, MS-LS2-1
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
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-LS1-5, MS-ESS3-3
Erosion Modeling -Understand the scientific method by conducting an investigation that explores the factors that increase or decrease erosion using a model they build. 120 minutes. NGSS: 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-3, HS-LS4-6, HS-ESS2-5
The 5 C’s of Salmon Habitat - Learn about the critical habitat components necessary for salmon survival! This lesson can also be added on to a field trip. 25 minutes. NGSS: 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-3, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS2-8, HS-LS4-5,HS-ESS3-4