Central Region CAEP: Salmonids in the Classroom

Serving Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties

juvenile Chinook salmon - photo courtesy of USFWS


Salmonids in the Classroom is...

  • Project-based program for grades pre-K to college
  • Students raise trout or salmon from eggs to small fish in their classrooms, and then release the fish into a local river.
  • Teachers, volunteers and students cooperatively learn about the life cycle of salmon and trout, and their habitat needs.
  • Program goal: By understanding the need to conserve habitats, students become stewards of local watersheds and can make informed decisions in the future.

The program can be used in pre-K through college level, and it works well with Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards (PDF)(opens in new tab).

You Can Be Involved Too!

  • Teachers, start participating in the program by attending a workshop. Equipment, if it is available, will be lent to you. Many teachers obtain grant money or funding through other sources for the equipment needed.
  • Volunteers, both short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities are available. Help is needed in a variety of ways. These include delivering eggs or equipment to classrooms, providing mechanical assistance for the equipment, classroom presentations, and assisting with field trips.
  • Clubs, Agencies, and Other Organizations, many organizations donate their time and/or their resources. These resources may be a meeting place or storage space for equipment that can be borrowed by teachers. Support for the program is also given as funding for equipment and other educational resources.

Start participating in the program by attending a free workshop!

The Salmonids in the Classroom (SIC) teacher workshops give teachers the tools they need to hatch salmon or trout in their classrooms and then release the fish into the wild. The goal of this program is for the students to learn to be stewards of the watersheds in which they live.

New teachers and teachers who haven’t participated in over 3 years will be required to take the training. As always, the training is recommended as a refresher for all participating teachers.

Workshop Schedule for the 2023-24 School Year

The teacher workshops will be offered virtually again this year. The will also include training for Aquatic Project WILD. The workshops will be the same format as last year. There will be a Session 1 and a Session 2 with time in between for homework. Two sessions of both Session 1 and Session 2 will be offered to help them fit into your schedule.

Participants must attend both a Session 1 and a Session 2.

Session 1 will be held
Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 5, 2023, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Session 2 will be held
Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 26, 2023, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Workshop Registration(opens in new tab)

Thanks to Tricia Dunlap from the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office for helping with these workshops!


For more information contact:

Salmonids in the Classroom Program Coordinator Gail Hickman Davis
La Grange Field Office, P.O. Box 10, La Grange, CA 95329
(209) 202-2197

Program Resources

Sport Fish Restoration

CDFW Central Region (Region 4)
Regional Manager: Julie Vance
Main Office: 1234 E. Shaw Avenue Fresno, CA 93710 | Contact Directory
Email the Central Region | (559) 243-4005 ext. 151 | Fax: (559) 243-4022