Students raise Salmon in the Classroom as environmental project

Christine Laug’s fourth grade class at Roguewood Elementary said goodbye to some close “friends” Satirday, May 1 as they released salmon into the Rogue River, below the dam at Childsdale.

The students received eggs as an environmental project and were able to watch as the egg-sacs were absorbed and the fish grew bigger. Of the 200 eggs they received, 75 survived, which represents a pretty good survival rate. These little fish will now have the Rogue River imprinted in their minds as their home stream, as they travel out to Lake Michigan.

The Salmon in the Classroom project was designed to connect the students with nature as they learned about all the fish need in terms of habitat, food, oxygen, temperature, and life cycles.

The large aquarium, which can be used for many years, was sponsored by the Izaak Walton League, a conservation group that promotes protection of our natural resources and connecting kids with nature. Members were very happy to hear of Mrs. Laug’s idea for this project.

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