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


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.

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