SALMON IN THE CLASSROOM
Update 2016 Salmon Release ~ The Chinook Salmon are scheduled to be released Friday, April 29th from 9:30 to 11am at the canoe launch, north end of Maple Lake on Power Plant Road. Following the release, students will rotate through several educational stations and end with Lunch on Maple Island.
Sixth grade teacher Jane Larson and her students will once again be raising Chinook salmon in her classroom and will release the salmon into the Paw Paw River below the dam sometime between late April to early May. The release is being coordinated along with the Village of Paw Paw Wellhead Protection Team and Steelheaders. After the release, students will rotate through a variety of educational stations including: lake restoration, groundwater and watershed, point source pollution and water protection, dam operation and purpose, and fishing on the lake.
Mrs. Larson’s 6th grade Science students took a trip this fall to Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery and experienced a guided program through the Fish Hatchery.
Wolf Lake provided the following information: “The DNR raises millions of fish every year to stock into the lakes, rivers and streams all across Michigan. Michigan is home to 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000miles of rivers and streams, 3,000 miles of shoreline and is surrounded by 20% of the word’s freshwater supply resting in the Great Lakes. No matter where you are in Michigan, you are no more than six miles from a body of water.”