Kids love this field trip and will remember it for the rest of their lives!
DATES: Field trips will occur weekdays September 11th through September 29th at sites on the South Santiam River.
Alsea River field trips will occur weekdays from November through early December. These dates will be updated later in the year. Teachers can sign up for dates at the link below.
SCHEDULE: Field trip days usually run from about 10:00-2:00 depending on the site and school schedules. A field site manager will be on location to coordinate students and volunteers. Volunteers lead the learning stations covering the 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 of about 6-12 kids each. Free training and all equipment is provided.
TEACHERS: To sign up for field trip dates CLICK HERE
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 assessment of riparian conditions with students and help them understand the importance of riparian ecosystem function.
CLICK HERE for the Riparian Ecology Station Curriculum Packet.
Some tip sheets for volunteers: Tips for Volunteers, Class Management, Teaching Tips.