Salmon Heroes

Salmon Heroes

Salmon Heroes is a five-hour program designed to teach students about salmon habitat needs and how stormwater pollution is affecting the watershed.  (Recommended for Grades 4-12).

Season: September – December

Learn more about the Salmon Heroes program by watching students at work!

Teachers: We will open registration for our 2020 fall season in August! An online/virtual option will be part of our special 2020 offerings. 

If you would like to get on our waiting list, please contact Programs Manager:  Kelly@environmentalsciencecenter.org

Classroom Lessons & Field Study Investigation:

  • An initial 1-hour classroom visit introduces students to the habitat needs of salmon and challenges to their survival.
  • During the 3-hour field study, students review the salmon life cycle, learn external and internal anatomy, collect water quality data, and play a large-group game that mimics all of the obstacles salmon face making it back to their spawning grounds.  Field studies are located at multiple sites throughout south King County.
  • During a post-visit, students analyze the water quality data they collected in the field. Students will then create a model of a dirty stormwater sample and evaluate different actions people can take in order to lessen their impact on salmon population health.
  • All portions of this program are correlated with Next Generation Science Standards.

Location: Classroom visits are held at your school.  One visit will be scheduled before your field study; one classroom visit will be scheduled after your field study.  Field Studies are located at the Normandy Park Cove (Highline and Tukwila Schools), the Renton Community Center (Renton and Kent Schools), and Mary Olson Farm (Auburn schools).               

Busing: You need to arrange and pay for transportation for this field trip.  Registering multiple classes within a grade level is strongly encouraged.  There is an opportunity for bus reimbursement for schools with a high free/reduced lunch rate.  Please contact Programs Manager Kelly@environmentalsciencecenter.org for more information regarding bus reimbursements.

Cost:  If your school has more than 45% of students who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals (FRPM), you are eligible for a free or highly subsidized field trip (including bus reimbursements). Please contact Program Manager Kelly@environmentalsciencecenter.org for more information regarding program fee subsidies. For schools with less than 45% students qualifying for FRPM, the cost is $350 per class of 30 students.  This includes the 1-hour classroom visit, the 3-hour field study, and the 1-hour post-field study classroom visit.

Billing: An invoice will be sent to you when your registration and scheduling process is complete.

Chaperones: During the field study, you will need to provide 4 chaperones for each class.

To book Salmon Heroes: Online registration will begin in August 2020!


After participating in ESC’s Salmon Heroes program, students pledge to adopt three behaviors to protect, to conserve, and to educate others about the importance of clean watersheds to sustain healthy salmon. To honor these students’ commitment to environmental stewardship, they received an Official Salmon Hero identification card.

Past Salmon Heroes can be found here!