World Salmon Council

“The World Salmon Council is poised to become a significant voice for promoting wild salmon conservation and healthy watersheds, and inspiring a life-long stewardship ethic in young people.”

— Joe Whitworth, President, The Freshwater Trust

“Sitting by the river and watching the salmon spawn inspired me to action more than any lecture, lesson or leaflet ever could have.”

–Sarah Chamberlain, Salmon Watch student alumna, Wilson High School (Portland)


Did You Know?

The oldest verified fossil for a freshwater version of the salmon is 50 million years old. Five to six million years ago salmon had fangs, weighed over 500 pounds, and were ten feet long. The modern Pacific Salmon emerged about two million years ago in the cold mountain streams of the Pacific Northwest.


Who We Are

World Salmon Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental for-purpose organization. Our mission is to provide experiential education and encounters with Pacific wild salmon to connect students and adults with nature and empower community engagement.


Salmon Watch

Using salmon as the focal point, Salmon Watch provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in the classroom, field study and in-stream observation, and community service projects. It only costs $45 per student to give them the opportunity to experience firsthand in a meaningful way the wonders of the natural world. Help us get more kids into nature!

Get Involved with World Salmon Council as a board member!

Do you believe in the importance of connecting kids and adults with nature? Are you an environmental literacy, conservation and education enthusiast? Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Then Salmon Watch needs you!

World Salmon Council is seeking to bring on a few talented and experienced volunteer board members to help guide the organization as it grows, and to strengthen its programs to provide experiential learning experiences for students and adults.

If you can contribute your time, passion and leadership, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please email Matt Burke to receive more detailed information (please include your phone number).

We’re especially looking for folks with finance/treasurer experience, knowledge of environmental education, interest and skills in fundraising, diverse backgrounds, nonprofit insight, and strategic vision.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Salmon Watch Field Trips Week #5 (2016)

Photos are from Dexter McCarty Middle School field trips during Week #5

Hands-on, experiential outdoor education continued with Salmon Watch Week #5, as four schools went on 7 field trips at Eagle Creek and Little White Salmon River in the Columbia Gorge.

Participating Salmon Watch schools this week included:

Monday, October 17th – Dexter McCarty Middle School – Eagle Creek

Tuesday, October 18th – Dexter McCarty Middle School – Eagle Creek

Tuesday, October 18th – Hood River Middle School – Little White Salmon River

Wednesday, October 19th – Hood River Middle School – Little White Salmon River

Wednesday, October 19th – Madison High School – Eagle Creek

Thursday, October 20th – Hood River Middle School – Little White Salmon River

Friday, October 21st – Hood River Valley High – Little White Salmon River

The 2016 Salmon Watch field trip season is now more than halfway completed, with 33 field trips down, and 17 remaining. Next week we continue with more field trips in the Gorge, as well as our first field trips in the Tillamook State Forest at Cedar Creek.

Much gratitude is owed to our wonderful volunteer educators for all their hard work making Salmon Watch possible. Following his trip, volunteer Chris Toole said, “I am a retired fish biologist – this is exactly the sort of thing I want to be doing that I never seemed to have time for when I was working. It is fun, keeps me around fish, and is inspiring to see enthusiastic young people who will hopefully take away some ideas that will help them and our environment in the future.”

Volunteer Christine Buhl said, “Every kid growing up in the PNW should see salmon in their habitat and understand the ecology that supports them. It’s not just salmon, it gets the wheels turning when thinking about the inter-relatedness of other species and habitats.”

In Week #6, Salmon Watch 2016 will continue its work getting kids outdoors, connecting them with nature, and equipping them with knowledge and appreciation for Oregon’s amazing natural heritage, which will prepare them for their role as future environmental decision-makers.

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Salmon Watch Field Trips Week #4 (2016)

Featured photos are from our Project YESS/YEC Training Session on Friday, October 14th

Salmon Watch continued last week with four field trips in the Columbia Gorge at Eagle Creek and Little White Salmon River, as well as our Project YESS/YEC Training Session!

Participating Salmon Watch schools/groups for Week #4 were:

Monday, October 10th: Creative Science School (M.S.) at Eagle Creek

Monday, October 10th: The Dalles Middle School at Little White Salmon River

Tuesday, October 11th: Creative Science School (M.S) at Eagle Creek

Tuesday, October 11th: The Dalles Middle School at Little White Salmon River

Friday, October 14th: Project YESS/YEC Training Session

With the conclusion of Salmon Watch Week #4, we’ve now completed 23 field trips with 28 left to go!

The Project YESS/YEC Training Session was a huge success! Eight members of the Youth Ecology Corps (YEC) based out of Mt. Hood Community College came out to Eagle Creek to learn how to teach our four field trip stations: Salmon Biology, Macroinvertebrate Sampling, Water Quality Testing, and Riparian Zone Observation. They did a great job, learned a lot, and had lots of fun!

A high school student named Jake also came out to the training as part of our new High School Leaders Program. Jake is the third member of the program, which is off to a great start. Also in Week #4, another student from Canby High School named Nick taught the Macroinvertebrate Sampling station at Little White Salmon River for The Dalles Middle School. Thanks so much to our High School Leaders and members of the Youth Ecology Corps for helping to educate younger students about the natural world and the importance of salmon for Pacific Northwest ecosystems.

Salmon Watch continues next week with 7 field trips!




Salmon Watch Field Trips Week #3 (2016)

Salmon Watch continued this week with 7 more field trips!

This week we concluded our field trips at Zigzag River, and saw the start of field trips at Eagle Creek and Little White Salmon River. We also had one field trip on the North Fork of the Lewis River in Washington with Hudson’s Bay High School.

Participating Salmon Watch schools included:

Tuesday, October 4th: The Dalles Middle School at Little White Salmon River

Wednesday, October 5th: Clackamas Web Academy (H.S.) at Eagle Creek

Thursday, October 6th: Scott School K-8 at Eagle Creek

Thursday, October 6th: Hudson’s Bay High School at the North Fork of the Lewis River

Thursday, October 6th: Franklin High School at Zigzag River

Friday, October 7th: The Dalles Middle School at Little White Salmon River

Friday, October 7th: Franklin High School at Zigzag River

Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery provided salmon carcasses for dissection in the Salmon Biology station, and one of the hatchery biologists taught the Macroinvertebrate Sampling station on Friday with The Dalles Middle School. Thanks so much to LWS-NFH and all the public agencies that contribute in various ways to Salmon Watch!

We are also beginning to receive student evaluations from our participating schools, in which students share their newfound salmon knowledge and what they enjoyed most about their field trips. Edward, 8th grader at ACCESS Academy, said, “The Macroinvertebrate Identification was my favorite station because I enjoyed looking at the bugs up close. The viewing of the bugs using the magnifying tool was fun because I got to see the inside of a bug because the bottom of it was transparent.”

Photos in this article feature the Macroinvertebrate station at Zigzag River on Thursday with Franklin High School and new Salmon Watch teacher, Erin Ferro.

Once again, incredible thanks to all our passionate and dedicated volunteer educators and teachers. See you next week, when we have 4 more field trips and our Project YESS/YEC training session!

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