Fish Eggs To Fry

Raising Salmon Stewards in the Classroom

Through Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) Salmon Trout Enhancement Program, Fish Eggs to Fry brings salmon or trout eggs into Oregon classrooms for students to observe and raise, while learning about one of our state’s most significant keystone species. The Association of Northwest Steelheaders coordinate with ODFW to set up aquarium equipment, deliver eggs to classrooms, and introduce students to the importance of fish conservation. The Steelheaders also provide curricular resources for teachers, classroom presentations, and assistance with fish release day events.


Across the Portland metro region, students of all grade levels become citizen scientists in their own classroom laboratories. Students and teachers foster the development of the fish from eggs to fry, perform water quality tests, and incorporate salmon into their science, math, social studies, and even art curriculum. Throughout this process, the children develop a personal relationship to salmon species, sparking a lifelong investment in wildlife conservation. The Steelheaders own more than 100 of the aquariums and chillers used by local classrooms in the Portland metro area, and support teachers further by providing curricular resources, classroom presentations, and technical support. Watch this video to learn more about the history of Fish Eggs to Fry in Oregon.

Interested in Bringing Fish Eggs to Fry to Your Classroom?

If you are interested in starting the Fish Eggs to Fry program at your school, start by reading the information on ODFW’s website and contacting your region’s STEP Biologist. For questions regarding the Steelheader’s involvement with the program, contact Allison Dobscha at

For Current Fish Eggs to Fry Teachers: Junior Steelheaders Program

The Association of Northwest Steelheaders is here to assist classrooms in the Portland-Metro region with their participation in the Fish Eggs to Fry Program! Our Junior Steelheaders Program provides the following supports: classroom presentations, assistance with release day events, and other resources. Fill out this survey to indicate your interest in receiving a presentation or other form of support from the Steelheaders.

Earn an Eco-Schools USA Award for your School!

The Junior Steelheaders program was developed in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) through Eco-Schools USA. Your school can earn an Eco-Schools USA award by participating in the Fish Eggs to Fry Audit and Action Plan! The Audit and Action Plan provides a framework for Fish Eggs to Fry, engages the school community, and recognizes students for their commitment to local fish and wildlife. The document (October 2017 version) includes curriculum connections and an appendix of resources, and is available in PDF or Word document. If your school plans to use the Fish Eggs to Fry Audit and Action Plan, please contact Allison Dobscha at

Additional Resources

ODFW Resources

Delivery and Release Day:

Aquarium Set-Up Videos:

Eco Schools USA:

Contact Allison Dobscha at with any questions.