If you want to be part of the Fish Friends program during the 2019-20 school year, now’s the time to sign up and make sure you have all the necessary equipment. Sign-ups are due 11/1/19. Head on over to Participant Resources for more information and to find a link to the sign-up form.
Hot off the presses: ASF’s “Magic on the Rivers” guide was published in July 2019 and is a great resource for Fish Friends schools and allies!
“The purpose is to assist those teaching young adults the pleasures of salmon and trout angling. It does so in light of the need for these 21st century anglers to practice conservation ethics that match the needs of the rivers and the fish.”
While the entire 126-page resource is full of educational gems, Fish Friends participants may find Modules 3, 5, and 6 most applicable.
You can download the whole thing by visiting our Participant Resources page. Let us know how you use it!
This is our 26th year doing the Fish Friends project. We are so thankful to those of you that keep this program going! It is the highlight of our students’ Academy Hill School experience!Academy Hill School teacher
Fish Friends provided my class with a valuable learning experience. My students were interested and involved all the way through the process. We had amazing support and teaching from our mentor.Cornville Regional Charter School teacher
I’ve been doing this program for years. It is important for students to learn about our natural world, understand, and take care of it, for the benefit of the animals and survival of the planet. Every creature matters and it our responsibility to be good stewards.Great Salt Bay School teacher
I can talk all day about how salmon develop and the challenges that they face here in Maine, but feel like I don’t really get through to students. However, once we had the eggs in our classroom, students really started to put the ideas together and truly understand what was happening. Thank you for the opportunity to share this with my students!!Hampden Academy teacher
Our school has participated in this program for over 20 years. The students still get just as excited watching the salmon grow and participating in their release.Indian Island School teacher
Raising salmon is high interest – anything I connect to the salmon gets 100 percent of the kids’ attention. This is a very valuable program.Margaret Chase Smith School teacher
Fish Friends helped learning become fun, engaging and exciting again!Sacopee Valley Middle School teacher
Our students loved watching the salmon hatch and taking care of them. It was really powerful to bring them to the river and release them. The students felt empowered to make the world a better place.Saint George School teacher
Fish Friends and the salmon hatchery provide an awesome educational experience for students (and educators), who are in need of repeated exposure to the natural world during an impressionable period in their lives. This is likely their first chance to see the beating heart of a vertebrate embryo!Yarmouth Elementary School teacher
“The second grade students raise the salmon in their classroom and about three months later release them. Each year, the second graders raise the salmon for several months until they are ready to swim on their own. The seventh graders were there to help.”
“Grayson Spalding, 7, explained the journey that the salmon fry faced after being released, one by one, into the stream: “They start out here at the Segeunkedunk Stream, then they’re going to go to the Penobscot River. Then they’re going to go to the Atlantic Ocean for three to five years,” Spalding said. “Then they’re going to go back to the Penobscot River. And back here to lay eggs … it’s going to be like a cycle that goes over and over.”“
“Second-graders at West Bath School were excited to receive 200 Atlantic Salmon eggs from the Fish Friends Program. They knew there would be a release in the spring, but they didn’t know how many would survive.”
“Some second grade classes may have a pet hamster or hatch chicks in an incubator, but in Kelsey Marco’s class at West Bath School, students this year had more unusual classroom pets: 120 Atlantic Salmon.”