Mission: FISH volunteers teach school kids about salmon and their habitat needs. Many students on field trips have their first encounter with large spawning salmon in Issaquah, Washington. Providing fascinating and factual information to these students creates an excellent environment for further watershed topics concerning clean water and the value of forests.
Target demographics: preserve and protect the historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and promote environmental stewardship through education,
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000 school children learn about salmon through hatchery tours and classroom presentations and welcomed 200,000 visitors to the hatchery.
Geographic areas served: King County Washington
Programs: hatchery tours for students on field trips, in class presentations about the salmon lifecycle, public education about the impact of human activity on the Lake Sammamish watershed and the waters where salmon swim.
Volunteering for the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery has been highly rewarding and fruitful. It allows me to apply my knowledge of salmonids culture and willingness to share that knowledge in a way that enhances the chances of survival of these charismatic fish. The cause has attracted other like-minded folks as well, that makes the work fun and educational. I am very proud of the fact that my activities helped the organization tour over 10,000 3rd and 4th graders last year, making a lasting impression on this growing community.