Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Programs
Hatchery Tours: Adults, children and families of all ages are welcome at the hatchery. Prearranged tours are provided by volunteer guides to groups of 10 to 60. Each fall FISH provides tours to 10,000 school groups from throughout Puget Sound. On weekends September through mid-November guides are on hand to provide information about salmon, the watershed and hatchery operations to hundreds of visitors who swarm to the hatchery and Issaquah Creek to witness the miracle of migrating salmon coming home.
Those Amazing Salmon School Presentations: for elementary school students preparing to visit the hatchery. The Pacific salmon life cycle, habitat needs, predators, challenges, value of watersheds and hatchery operations. Enviroscape: Using an interactive hands-on model students see how pollution can impact watersheds. Puget Sound Game: Students practice real-life decision making about situations that impact the waters of Puget Sound. Science Fairs: Students and their families learn about the salmon life cycle and observe a real salmon fish dissection.
Salmon Science Camp:
Children ages 3 to 11 learn all about the salmon life cycle and watershed stewardship as they conduct a water quality and aquatic insect study of Issaquah Creek, perform experiments, go on a nature hike, make arts and crafts, play games, use microscopes, hear Native American legends, sing songs and more!
Salmon In Schools: Classrooms throughout King County receive fertilized eggs from the Issaquah Hatchery, watch the wonder of their growth in classroom aquariums from the eye stage to fry and release them in the spring into nearby creeks. Each classroom is supported by a FISH environmental educator who helps students learn about the life-cycle of the Salmon and their importance to our economy, ecosystem and lifestyle in the Northwest.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
During 2012, FISH completed the 19th year of its education programs. In the fall months, when the salmon return to Issaquah Creek to spawn and children head back to school, more than 10,000 persons received educational tours of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. 75% of those visitors were children, and 94% came between mid-September to mid-November. There were a total of 824 tours, 52 tours during the "off" season. FISH visited students for 218 classes at 78 different schools in 12 school districts and conducted 103 presentations for 5,447 students in the greater King County area. To continue our educational programs for students and the community FISH invites your support so that we can expand our programs for students and refurbish the onsite interpretive signs that allow the public to appreciate the hatchery and its role in our ecosystem.