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Why would I want to have Salmon in the Classroom?

  • What is the Salmon in the Classroom Program?Congratulations to the new teachers accepted into the fall 2014 program! The program is full for this fall. Teachers interested in having Salmon in the Classroom may apply between Jan. 1 and April 15, 2015 for the fall of 2015.

    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.



  • All Participating Schools (a list and a map)Find a list and a map of other 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!
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I want to get started

  • Understanding the Time CommitmentBefore 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. Application for the fall 2014 school year is CLOSED. Please visit again to apply for the fall 2015 school year--the application period will be open from Jan. 1-April 15, 2015.

I've been accepted, now what?

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