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. ODFW will be able to provide the most accurate information regarding equipment discounts and the project timeline. The Association of Northwest Steelheaders does not currently provide schools with aquarium equipment, so the best way to get started is to contact ODFW and purchase your own equipment.
For questions regarding the Steelheader’s involvement with the program, contact the Education and Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Earn an Eco-Schools USA Award for your School!
The Association of Northwest Steelheaders, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), is here to help classrooms in the Portland-Metro region expand their involvement in the Fish Eggs to Fry Program. If you are a current Fish Eggs to Fry Teacher, 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 includes curriculum connections and an appendix of resources, and is available as a PDF or Word Document. Schools working on the Audit and Action Plan may request the following supports: hands-on classroom presentations, assistance with release day events, step-by-step guidance, and other resources.
Contact our Education and Outreach Coordinator at email@example.com
Are you interested in volunteering as a Steelheaders’ member?
Find out how you can help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org