SALMON WATCH’S MISSION
The Salmon Watch environmental education program teaches middle and high school students about the importance of wild salmon conservation in watershed management. The program is designed to instill in students and other participants a deeper appreciation of their wild salmon heritage and the importance of being well-informed and responsible citizens. Salmon Watch touches the hearts and minds of children to save the wild salmon.
Salmon Watch was founded by Oregon Trout (later The Freshwater Trust) in 1993. Over the past two decades, the program has educated more than 60,000 schoolchildren in Oregon. The program was discontinued by The Freshwater Trust at the end of 2010 (due to a shift in organizational mission) and is now back by popular demand under the auspices of World Salmon Council.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT
If we want our children as adults to value their natural heritage and to make informed and thoughtful decisions about natural resource issues, we must enable them to understand and relate to the natural world on a personal level. Our youth, however, live increasingly urban and technological lives, isolated from the natural environment. Salmon Watch enables students to connect with nature in a meaningful way through learning about the plight of the wild salmon.
HOW IT WORKS
Salmon Watch includes teacher and volunteer training, classroom instruction, field trips to observe wild salmon spawning in their native streams, and community service projects to benefit wild salmon and the watersheds in which they live.
UNIQUE PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Salmon Watch is a cost-effective, public/private collaboration in hands-on, experiential outdoor science education. The World Salmon Council would like to thank our 2013 Salmon Watch partners for their generous support: Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Portland General Electric, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, and Trout Unlimited, Clackamas River Chapter. Our partners provide scientific expertise, educational and other in-kind resources, staff time, and/or monies to enrich the Salmon Watch program every year.
Teacher, student and volunteer surveys
WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE
Salmon Watch is designed to achieve the following educational objectives. Through Salmon Watch, students and other participants will:
1 ) Appreciate the interdependence between humans and the ecosystem in which we live.
2 ) Recognize wild salmon as an important indicator of watershed health.
3 ) Understand the value of protecting native fish stocks.
4 ) Understand the importance of salmon to Native American culture.
5 ) Participate in community service projects to benefit wild salmon and watersheds.
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