Volunteer Educators Fact Sheet

Salmon Watch Volunteer Educators
Get involved in a unique, hands-on environmental education program!

Salmon Watch is an award-winning program serving students throughout the Pacific Northwest. Presented by World Salmon Council, Salmon Watch is designed to instill a deeper understanding and appreciation of the value of native wild fish, watershed conservation and environmental stewardship.

World Salmon Council directly coordinates Salmon Watch activities in the greater Portland Metro and Columbia River Gorge regions, serving more than 2,000 middle and high school students annually.

Our partner Salmon Watch programs in Salem, Corvallis-Albany, Eugene-Springfield, Grants Pass and Medford engage an additional 3,000 students annually, grades 5-12.

Through three program components, World Salmon Council provides a comprehensive experiential education:

Salmon Watch Curriculum: A classroom instructional package that includes a multidisciplinary lessons, materials and activities.

Salmon Watch Field Trips: Each participating class takes a field trip in September, October or November to one of several beautiful salmon spawning sites in Mt. Hood National Forest, Columbia River Gorge or Mid-Coast Range. Four volunteer educators accompany each field trip (avg. 7:1 instructor-student ratio) to engage students in the following study areas:
– Salmon Biology
– Macroinvertebrate Identification
– Water Quality Monitoring
– Riparian Zone Observation/Nature Awareness

Field trips occur on weekdays, M-F; most trips begin field instruction by 9am, and wrap up by 2pm.

Salmon Watch Projects: Each class also has the opportunity to participate in a project aimed at addressing critical issues and raising community awareness about healthy watersheds. Projects include a range of activities, including restoration tree planting, invasive species removal, stream pollution monitoring, rain catchment system installation, storm drain marking, public presentations, art displays.
We’re currently recruiting upwards of 150 Volunteer Educators to instruct stations during the fall 2017 Salmon Watch field trips for students in the Portland Metro and Columbia Gorge regions. (Note: if you’re interested in volunteer opportunities with one of our partner programs, please contact Rachel). There are additional opportunities to provide support to teachers in their classroom, and assisting with projects in the spring. projects.

No previous experience or knowledge related to salmon conservation is required!

We do require that all new volunteer educators attend one half-day training session prior to accompanying a field trip. On the application form you can select a training on August TBD, September TBD or October TBD, to be held at Dabney State Recreation Area on the Sandy River (approx. 13 miles south of I-84/Troutdale).

Our Volunteer Educator slots for the 2017 fall field trip season will fill up quickly, so don’t delay in completing your online application.

Questions? Please email Rachel Walsh – rachel [at] worldsalmoncouncil [dot] org

Thank you for your time and consideration, and for sharing your expertise to help educate the next generation to better understand and relate to the natural world on a personal level.

Doug Cramer

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