Salmon Watch is a hands-on, science-based streamside program for (mostly) middle and high school students to learn about salmon biology and watershed ecology.


Salmon Watch Field Trips

Marion SWCD coordinates Salmon Watch field trips for students in Marion County to witness spawning salmon in action. We offer grants for substitutes and bus transportation, too. Please reach out if you are interested in participating in this memorable outdoor learning experience.

A free volunteer training is scheduled for August 25, 2022. Sign up today!

Field trips are scheduled for mid-September to mid-October. We rely on volunteers to run this program. Won’t you join us?

Salmon Watch Funding for Subs and Buses

Teachers who have signed up for a fall Salmon Watch field trip with Marion Soil and Water Conservation District may apply for funding to cover the cost of substitute teachers and transportation needed to attend the trip. If your class is signed up for Salmon Watch, contact Heath to apply for reimbursement of sub and bus costs.


Salmon Watch Curriculum

  • Salmon Biology – Students discover the life cycle of Pacific Salmon, view spawning salmon, and explore salmon anatomy.
  • Aquatic Macroinvertebrates – Students collect macroinvertebrates from the stream and gain an understanding of how macros can be used as an indicator of stream health.
  • Water Quality – Students use chemical tests and tools to take scientific measurements that help paint a picture of the stream’s water quality. Tests include dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, and turbidity.
  • Riparian Ecology – Students explore the living and non-living elements of the stream side habitat and gain an understanding of how the riparian area is interconnected with the waterway itself.

Salmon Watch Streaming

In collaboration with Salmon Watch programs throughout the state of Oregon, we’ve developed the Salmon Watch Streaming videos.

It’s the Salmon Watch curriculum that educators know and love, now available as six short videos. As always, we highlight ecological values, stewardship, and science-based education with endangered salmon as the keystone.

We hope our new content will bring some of the crisp air, gurgling streams, and spongey forest floor of a Salmon Watch field trip to students at a distance.