Field Station Curriculum


Kids love this field trip and will remember it for the rest of their lives!

DATES:  Field trips on the South Santiam River occur on weekdays in mid to late September.

Field trips on the Alsea River occur on weekdays from November through early December.

SCHEDULE: Field trip days usually run from about 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, depending on the site and school schedules.  A Site Coordinator will be on location to lead students, teachers and volunteers through the day.  Volunteers teach learning stations covering four topics: Salmon Biology, Macroinvertebrates, Water Quality, and Riparian Areas. Each interactive learning station is about 45 minutes long and is repeated 4 times throughout the day with student groups ranging from 6 to 15 students in size.  FREE teacher and volunteer trainings are offered in late summer and early fall. All equipment is provided.


TEACHERS: Sign-ups for the 2018 season will open this spring!


SALMON BIOLOGY STATION:  Field trips coincide with spawning seasons at sites where salmon are likely to be observed splashing around as they build redds, compete for mates and slowly come to rest at the end of their amazing life cycle.  Preserved (frozen) salmon carcasses are usually made available for kids to observe up close, along with samples of eggs and other education materials.

CLICK HERE for the Salmon Biology Station Curriculum Packet.  CLICK HERE for the Salmon Dissection Curriculum.


MACROINVERTEBRATE STATION:  Macroinvertebrates are key to survival of young salmon and they tell a story about water quality.  Help kids collect real, wriggling macroinvertebrates from the stream, sort them and determine what their presence is indicating about the stream site.

CLICK HERE for the Macroinvertebrate Station Curriculum Packet.


WATER QUALITY STATION:  Lead students in this outdoor laboratory as they test water samples for dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, and turbidity.   Then, discuss how these parameters are linked to conditions in the watershed and how they affect aquatic habitat.

CLICK HERE for the Water Quality Station Curriculum Packet.


RIPARIAN ECOLOGY STATION  Conduct simple assessments of riparian conditions with students and help them understand the importance of riparian ecosystem functions.

CLICK HERE for the Riparian Ecology Station Curriculum Packet. CLICK HERE additional Riparian Function information.


Some tip sheets for volunteers:  Tips for Volunteers, Class Management, Teaching Tips.