Salmon Heroes Resources

Welcome to the Virtual Salmon Heroes Resource Page!

On this page you will find information and links for everything you need for your Virtual Salmon Heroes Experience. If you have any questions about the materials, please contact our Programs Coordinator:

Salmon Heroes Field Journal The cover of the student journal with the text: "Environmental Science Center, Salmon Heroes Field Journal, This field journal belongs to:__________"

Printed copies of these field journals, along with polarized salmon viewing glasses, are available for each student who is registered for the Salmon Heroes program at our field study locations in south King County, Washington. Please contact Rosie at to arrange drop-offs for your school. Digital copies of the field journals are available to be downloaded as PDFs below. Upon request we can also provide a Google Slides version.

Salmon Heroes student booklet (English)

Salmon Heroes student booklet (en español)

Salmon Heroes student booklet (Vietnamese)

Salmon Heroes student booklet (Somali)

Salmon Heroes Family Take Home Letters

Printed copies of the English and Spanish letter are sent home during our final in-person lesson. You can download digital copies here to share with families in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali.

2021 Salmon Heroes flyer for parents (English)

2021 Salmon Heroes flyer for parents (en español)

2021 Salmon Heroes flyer for parents (Somali)

2021 Salmon Heroes flyer for parents (Vietnamese)


Salmon Heroes Videos

The Virtual Salmon Heroes program is divided into three parts, which correspond to what in the past were 1) the Pre-Field Trip Classroom Lesson, 2) the Field Trip, and 3) the Post-Field Classroom Lesson.

Part 1: Introductory Lesson Videos

Naturalist Alyssa stands outdoors, behind a table with several bins of marbles on it. There are several trees in the background, and water in the distance. A diagram of the salmon life cycle is overlaid on the video frame, along with the text "Get out your field journal and follow along".This lesson covers the life cycle and habitats of Pacific Northwest salmon, and divided into multiple videos for convenience and ease of viewing. This first series is divided into six videos, and is in English with Naturalist Alyssa. 

You can also use the following link to access a numbered graphic (PDF) that will guide your students through the video series above: Salmon Heroes – Introductory Lesson Graphic. This can be used synchronously with a class or asynchronously by students working independently.

We have the same Introductory Lesson curriculum available in Spanish, with one of our bilingual naturalists. This is a single video rather than a series. For that reason we recommend watching the video in stages and pausing as needed for breaks, note-taking, and discussion.

Part 2: Field Lesson VideosNaturalist Carolina stands in front of the wooden railing of a bridge, with green trees in the background, and a stream below. She wears a vest, a ballcap, and a facemask, and has long brown hair.

Water Quality and Stream Survey: Follow along with our naturalists as they perform water quality tests and stream habitat surveys at multiple field sites. The content is divided into multiple videos for convenience and ease of viewing.

Des Moines Creek in Des Moines – a series of three videos – in Spanish with naturalist Carolina

A still from a video showing a vial of yellow-green liquid being held up in front of a pH chart.

Soos Creek in Kent – a series of six videos – in English with naturalist Alyssa


Other Field Lesson Activities: These videos guide students through some of the other lessons and activities that normally take place during our 3-hour field study.

Salmon Anatomy

Salmon Anatomy – Model

A still from a video of a person drawing a salmon, showing the cloth stuffed salmon being used as a reference. Also in the picture are the hands drawing a salmon on a small clipboard. On top of the image is the text "Aletas pectorales".

Salmon Anatomy – Dissection

Salmon Scientific Illustration

Macroinvertebrate Sampling

A GIF showing a first-person perspective, looking down at boots standing in a creek. The boots are kicking up the sediment so that it flows downstream into a net with a long handle.






Part 3: Synthesis Lesson Videos

The Synthesis Lesson is the conclusion to our Salmon Heroes Program, and includes guidance from naturalists in analyzing water quality data and discussing solutions to stormwater pollution. This first video features the whole lesson in one video, and for that reason we commend watching it in stages and pausing as needed for breaks, note-taking, and discussion. It is in Spanish with Naturalista Vale.

A hand pours soapy liquid from a container into a funnel, which is full of moss, rocks, and pieces of bark.Synthesis Lesson Video Series with Naturalist Alyssa (in English) – This is the same content divided into a series of short videos; it uses water quality data from Soos Creek in Kent, WA.


A still from a video showing a group of students standing on the side of a creek. They are leaning over and looking into the water.

Salmon in our Streams!: A short video showing clips of salmon in our local streams! It is set to a song called “The Watershed”, words and music by Shelley Segal and Dan Lombardo.


Salmon Heroes and the materials created for this webpage were generously supported from:

  • King County Wastewater Treatment Division Waterworks Grant
  • Snoqualmie Tribe
  • King County Flood Control District
    • WRIA 9 – Green/Duwamish & Central Puget Sound Watershed
    • WRIA 8 – Lake Washington, Cedar, Sammamish Watershed
  • The Russell Family Foundation
  • King Conservation District
  • Beim Foundation and foundry10 (technology support)
  • NOAA B-WET Program (This website was prepared by the Environmental Science Center under award NA20NOS4290078 from the Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or the U.S. Department of Commerce.)