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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

Salmonids in the Classroom is...

  • Project-based program for grades K-12
  • 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 understantding the need to conserve habitats, students become stewards of local watersheds and can make informed decisions in the future.

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.

For more information contact:

  • Salmonids in the Classroom Program Coordinator for SALMON teachers
    Serving Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties
    Gail Hickman Davis, La Grange Field Office
    P.O. Box 10
    La Grange, CA 95329
    (209) 853-2533 ext. 8#
    Gail.Davis@wildlife.ca.gov
  • Salmonids in the Classroom Program Coordinator for TROUT teachers
    Serving Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, and Tulare counties
    Cheryl Moxley and Deona Micheli
    1234 E. Shaw Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93710
    (559) 243-4014 ext. 245
    r4salclass@wildlife.ca.gov

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.

The program can be used in pre-K through college level, and it works very well with Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Equipment, if it is available, will be lent to you. Many teachers obtain grant money or funding through other sources for the equipment that is needed.

Teachers new to the Classroom Aquarium Education Program must attend a workshop before participating. Workshops will cover program basics, equipment set up, and ideas for teaching the program in the classroom and on your field trip.

Teacher workshops for the 2018/19 school year have been completed. Please check this web page again in September 2019 for the 2019/20 school year workshop schedule. Workshops are usually scheduled in the fall each year.



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