This year, SAGA is raising salmon! In January, we received about 100 to 230 Chum eggs, which our students are helping raise until we release them in Carkeek Park in May. As salmon are the key to healthy rivers and forests, the students are learning about life cycles, interrelationships in ecosystems, environmental stewardship, and the importance of salmon to Pacific Northwest commerce and culture. This opportunity also helps teach our elementary students about core skills such as observation and data collection.
There are many important tasks in taking care of the salmon. Our third through fifth graders help check the temperature, test the water quality and clean the tank. This week the salmon reached the "fry stage" which means we have a new task of feeding them. We are so happy to be part of this journey. Check out our social-media accounts for more frequent updates!