Elementary school salmon project spawns interest across curriculum


HAPPY RETURNS - Carlee Edwards shows off her four coho salmon fry before they are released into Hansen Creek. -Photo courtesy of Keith Hunter

La Conner fifth graders did some old school livestreaming at Hansen Creek near Sedro-Woolley last week.

The students released into the upper Skagit River tributary the salmon they have been raising in a 60-gallon aquarium in the hall outside their classrooms, a tank acquired by the school with a grant provided by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

The class field trip upriver March 28 was just one part of an instructional program that integrates salmon into many aspects of the fifth-grade curriculum.

Their teacher, Keith Hunter, said it is important for fifth graders learn about salm...

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