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Salmon Watch Reconnects with Alumni After 20 Years

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Oregon-grown environmental-education program has started a Facebook campaign to reconnect with its thousands of alumni.

Portland, OR, October 03, 2013 --( Over the program’s first two decades, more than 60,000 middle- and high-school students attended streamside Salmon Watch field trips to observe spawning salmon, studied the salmon life-cycle using Salmon Watch-supplied school materials, and got their hands dirty on Salmon Watch-sponsored community-service projects. The program was designed to educate young people about the importance of wild salmon conservation and healthy watersheds.

If middle- or high-school students over the past 20 years in Oregon attended a streamside field trip with their science teacher and class to learn about spawning salmon, they are most likely one of those 60,000 students. As part of Salmon Watch’s 20th anniversary, program leaders want to learn from past participants how the educational experience influenced them as adults.

“From the beginning, we wanted to touch the minds and hearts of children to save wild salmon,” said Lizanne Saunders, Executive Director of the World Salmon Council and founder of Salmon Watch. “We stressed the importance of their becoming well-informed and responsible citizens. Now that those kids have grown up, we’d like to hear from them.”

Salmon Watch includes teacher and volunteer training, classroom instruction, field trips to observe wild salmon spawning in their native streams, and community service projects to benefit wild salmon and the watersheds in which they live. Founded by Oregon Trout (later The Freshwater Trust) in 1993, the program is now run under the auspices of the World Salmon Council in partnership with numerous other agencies and organizations including Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Portland General Electric, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Trout Unlimited, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

“The best way for former Salmon Watch students to connect with the program and tell their stories is through our Facebook page,” Saunders said. “We hope to hear from many of you!”

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