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The redds are made. The eggs are laid. The students are full of new knowledge, inspiration and excitement about science, nature and salmon!
We’ve just wrapped up our 2017 field trip season, taking over 1,300 kids on 42 field trips to local rivers and streams to witness firsthand the incredible life cycle of salmon, gain insight into career opportunities related to ecology and the outdoors, and connect with their environment on a personal level.
And although Salmon Watch is only halfway through its annual program, we’re ready to celebrate!
Of course, none of this would be possible without our amazing volunteer educators, hard-working teachers, community partners, and generous donors.
That’s why we’re hosting our End-of-Year Party on Tuesday, December 12 from 6:00-9:00 PM at North End Saloon in Portland to say a big thank you for all you do!
Please join us for an evening full of delicious food and drink and learn what Salmon Watch has been up to this year. This is also a great opportunity to meet like-minded community members who cherish our great outdoors and want to help inspire the next generation to protect it.
Outdoor, placed-based education has a long history in Oregon. Having rivers, forests and farms in such close proximity to our schools allows for meaningful outdoor education experiences. Extensive research has shown that providing students with these hands-on opportunities to learn in nature can improve academic performance – including test scores, attitudes and in-class behavior, increase physical and social health, and build connections to community.
However, it takes active, on-going engagement by groups such as World Salmon Council to integrate programs like Salmon Watch into our schools, as well as diverse collaboration. A few local organizations that are building coalitions and providing support to cultivate environmental literacy include the Environmental Education Association of Oregon, The Intertwine Alliance (we’ll highlight our involvement in an ongoing Diversity-Equity-Inclusion initiative with a TIA supported cohort in an upcoming newsletter) and the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition (OOEC).
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World Salmon Council is exited to welcome the following new board members:
Christine Buhl started as a volunteer with Oregon Trout in Corvallis as an undergrad at Oregon State University and has been found at the Salmon Watch macros station with each successive move back into Oregon.
Her background is in entomology, which has led to various projects concerning fire ant biocontrol along the US-Mexico border, insect food sources for endangered Hawaiian birds, public health related to arthropod-borne illnesses, and chemical defense ecology of genetically modified biomass crops.
Christine received a B.S. in Environmental Science with a specialization and minor in Entomology from OSU, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She is currently the state Forest Entomologist with the Oregon Department of Forestry. When not talking bugs, Christine is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys the outdoors, cooking and gardening.
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World Salmon Council is very excited to welcome our new Salmon Watch program coordinator, Rachel Walsh.
Rachel has been working and volunteering in the fields of environmental education, advocacy, and service for many years.
At Florida State University she earned her B.S. degrees in Biological Science and Environmental Studies with a certificate in Living Marine Resource Ecology, and an M.S. degree in Media and Communication Studies with a concentration in environmental communication. She recently moved to Portland from Tallahassee, Florida.
As a student, Rachel was elected as paid director of two Student Government agencies, the Center for Participant Education and the Environmental Service Program. She also worked for the FSU Biology Department as a teaching assistant and tutor, and as an instructor for Saturday-at-the-Sea, an educational marine biology daycamp for middle school students. Additionally, Rachel has worked as an intern with Food & Water Watch, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy organization.
After an early career that has spanned the fields of education, advocacy, and service, Rachel is happy to have found a fitting home at World Salmon Council. She is excited to combine her knowledge of biology and her passion for conservation and service as Salmon Watch program coordinator.
“I’m looking forward to working with Salmon Watch teachers and volunteers, and greatly appreciate the knowledge and experience they bring to the program”, says Rachel. “It will be a pleasure to work with so many great educators as part of an excellent program that promotes environmental literacy and connects young people with nature.”
You can help improve scientific and environmental literacy, and inspire kids to better understand and protect our natural areas!
2,000 students from 27 schools will participate in the Salmon Watch environmental education program during the 2016-2017 school year. In addition to providing in-class curriculum throughout the year, and community service projects in the spring, we are coordinating 55 Field Trips. These trips take place September-November, Monday through Friday.
Each trip has four instruction stations, staffed by our wonderful Volunteer Educators.
You can teach kids about:
Salmon Biology, Identifying Aquatic Critters, Testing Water Quality, Streambank Observation and Sense of Place, and Data Collection.
No experience necessary. Free Training sessions on Aug 13 and Sept 10 on the Sandy River.
A BIG thank you to our 2015-16 Salmon Watch teachers! Your participation in this program truly makes a difference in the lives of your students by increasing science knowledge, environmental literacy, and a sense of stewardship through invaluable in-class curriculum and activities, hands-on field trips and community service learning projects. Happy teacher appreciation week, this week and every other week during the year!
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While we’re already looking forward to another great Salmon Watch season, we’d like to take a moment to look back.
The accomplishments highlighted in our 2015 Annual Report are a testament to how collectively we are instilling in the next generation a sense of wonder for the natural world and changing the way our kids envision their roles as responsible members of society.
A huge thank you to everyone who made the 2015-2016 Salmon Watch program the largest year yet – in number of students, field trips and community service learning projects!
Your expertise, passion and time have helped students increase their knowledge and comprehension of scientific concepts, improve their literacy and writing skills, and expand their understanding of how our communities, economy and environment are connected.
Your direct involvement has helped kids experience the outdoors and the wonders of spawning salmon in ways that many never had before, nor would have had the opportunity to do so without Salmon Watch.
And through interactions with positive role models, students are learning about diverse career opportunities and how to pursue these fields in higher education and beyond.
So again, and again, and again – thank you!
Do you believe in the importance of connecting kids and adults with nature? Are you a fish 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 ph.#).
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!
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.
Thank you for all of your support during the year.
As a small gift of our appreciation, please feel free to download a wallpaper from one of our Salmon Watch field trips!
NOTE: Clicking on photo will give you a preview. Click on the orange link to save the file to your computer!
Best wishes in the the new year!
On Tuesday December 1st you can join millions of people around the world in a Day of Giving!
Specifically, we’re asking you to support World Salmon Council and our Salmon Watch program, and with your giving:
- help better educate kids in science, math, language arts and more by using the amazing life-cycle and historical story of salmon as a learning tool
- help engage youth (and adults) in our wonderful natural world by getting them outdoors and fostering a lifelong sense of place
- help kids become student leaders now and future leaders tomorrow
By participating in #GivingTuesday, you’ll help us provide an experience of a lifetime to more than 5,000 students throughout Oregon and SW Washington!
Don’t forget, many companies match their employee’s giving, which could double or triple your contribution.
Thank you for your investment!