Why would I want to have Salmon in the Classroom?
- SIC in a nutshell...(click for more program details)
The application period for the next school year/fall, begins January 1 and ends April 15 each year. There is often an abundance of applications, so apply early for your best chance!
This instrumental learning experience grants 3rd grade and older students the opportunity to raise, care for and maintain the salmon in their classroom from fall until spring. The program culminates at the end of the school year with the release of the young fish in a local watershed that feeds one of the Great Lakes. Students and teachers participate in a program to follow the life cycle of salmon from eggs, to hatchling to smolt, starting in the classroom.
- Currently Participating Schools
Find a list of schools and teachers in the program. Listed by county so you can find a mentor that lives nearby to contact with your classroom specific questions! Or look at this year's map of schools.
- Contact Us
I want to get started
- Understanding the Time Commitment
Before you jump in with both feet, it's a good idea to measure your willingness, time commitment, expense, paperwork, travel and aquarium maintenance for this project.
- Apply for Acceptance into the Program and...
Find out your first, second and future steps forward into the program. The application period to begin participation in fall 2016 is open from Jan. 1-April 15, 2016. Apply early!
I've been accepted, now what?
- The Workshop (only for teachers ALREADY accepted into the program.) AFTER you are accepted into the program, you will choose a mandatory workshop to attend. Your first Scientific Collector's Permit will be given to you at the close of the workshop--so that you may take your 200 new eggs back to your school with you.
- Required Scientific Collector's Permit and Instructions Only participants that have been ACCEPTED into the program may fill this out.
- Required Equipment
One of the most important components of a successful program is quality equipment.
- Aquarium Setup
Setting up your aquarium properly will save you from problems and fish mortality later.
- Fall 2015 Egg Pick-up Dates, Instructions and Acclimation (NEW every September)
You will be able to pickup green eggs at a weir, or eyed eggs at a hatchery.
- Ongoing Aquarium and Equipment Maintenance
Maintaining your aquarium properly will save you from problems and fish mortality later.
- Salmon Care and Feeding Guidelines
Proper salmon care is essential to a successful program. Teachers are responsible for adhering to the following guidelines when participating in the program.
- Releasing Your Salmon, Your Stocking Permit, The Fish Loss Report (Pre-approved Stocking Locations)
Releasing smolts into a stream that is 45-60 degrees Fahrenheit is the most important factor of your release--and acclimating the fish to within 5 degrees of that stream's temperature before releasing. Mid-April is usually an appropriate estimate--check the stream's temperature first.
Resources for the classroom
- SIC in the News
Send us your newsclips and videos! See what videos and news articles have been published about the students and teachers that have raised salmon in their classrooms.
- Curriculum Connections and Workshop Materials
The home of PowerPoints given at the workshop, the newly revised curriculum guide, and teacher created lesson plans!
- Students and SIC
Check out student projects that involve their salmon in the classroom!
- Salmon Sense Newsletter Archive
Looking for a quick reference for troubleshooting, release ideas etc.? Can't find your latest edition of the Salmon Sense Newsletter, don't worry, we've saved them here for you!