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Salmon Watch 2017 Field Trip Season Complete!

Salmon Watch 2017 Field Trip Season Complete!

Salmon Watch had a fun, successful fall 2017 field trip season!

This fall, we hosted 42 field trips with 28 teachers at 21 middle and high schools in the Portland metro and Columbia Gorge regions. We brought over 1300 students to beautiful stream sites in Mt. Hood National Forest, Tillamook State Forest, the Columbia Gorge, Eagle Fern Park, and Daybreak Park (WA). These students had the opportunity to witness salmon spawning in the wild, learn about Pacific Northwest ecology, and gain a sense of connection to the incredible bioregion where they live.

The wildfires this season provided both a challenge and an additional learning opportunity for our students about the ecology of our area. We were fortunate to be able to relocate ten former Columbia Gorge field trips and two volunteer trainings to Eagle Fern Park near Estacada. Many thanks to Clackamas County Parks for providing last minute access to our new site. Our thoughts continue to be with all of those affected by the fires.

Salmon Watch was fortunate this season to be able to work with students from The Blueprint Foundation who are participants in a STEM mentoring program for young African-American males.

Four Blueprint Foundation students (7th grade through recent high school grad) taught the Riparian Observation and Water Quality Testing field stations on a field trip with Ron Russell Middle School. We were privileged to provide an opportunity for these students to practice leadership skills and share their interests and knowledge with younger students.

We also continued our partnership this season with Metro’s Youth Ecology Corps program. YEC provides students with paid work opportunities in the fields of conservation education and habitat restoration. Seven YEC crew members taught all four field trip stations on three field trips with Walt Morey Middle School. Stay tuned for a new short video featuring our YEC Volunteer Educators.

Salmon Watch was also fortunate this season to be featured in a professional photography project by Denver photographer Cosima Reichenbach, as part of Momenta Workshops Project Portland 2017. Cosima joined us on two field trips with Ron Russell Middle School, including our field trip taught by Blueprint Foundation students. You can view the photos HERE.

Of course, Salmon Watch wouldn’t happen without our amazing Volunteer Educators. This season, we had 72 volunteers, including 22 volunteers new to our program. This amounts to over 1,200 in-kind hours of service valued at more than $32,000!

Here are some of the outstanding organizations, public agencies and businesses that contributed volunteers, support and resources this season:

US Forest Service; US Fish & Wildlife Service; US Army Corps of Engineers; Bureau of Land Management; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Pacific States Marine Fisheries Service; Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife; City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Bonneville Power Administration; Portland General Electric; Environmental Resources Management; Stillwater Energy; Association of Northwest Steelheaders; National Wildlife Federation; Sandy River Basin Watershed Council; Johnson Creek Watershed Council; West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District; and many more!

To say thank you to all our volunteers, teachers, and supporters, we’re hosting a Salmon Watch End-of-Year Celebration on Tuesday, December 12 from 6-9 PM at North End Saloon. Stay tuned for an announcement and more details about this fun event!

As we move into next year, Salmon Watch is working with teachers and partners to design, coordinate and implement Salmon Watch community projects. Stay tuned for more success stories and ways you can get involved.

A big thank you once again for supporting Salmon Watch and experiential, outdoor education!