Students prepare for salmon release. (Photo by Cowichan Valley School District)

Crofton Elementary environmental stewards busy at Stocking Creek

Students see culmination of Salmonids in the Classroom program

Crofton Elementary School students gathered at Stocking Creek last Thursday to release the chum salmon they had been raising in their school over the last few months.

The salmon eggs came to the students as part of the Fisheries and Oceans Canada ‘Salmonids in the Classroom’ program, which has been running for more than 35-years in B.C. and the Yukon.

As part of the Stream to Sea program, the Salmonids in the Classroom are local salmon eggs delivered to classrooms throughout the Cowichan Valley School District. The small eggs help students become stewards of aquatic life.

Raising these salmon in the school provides an opportunity to teach students to understand, respect and protect freshwater and marine ecosystems and to recognize how all humans – big and small – are linked to these complex environments.

After months of hiding in their temperature and light controlled tank, the new salmon were ready for the big show. The fish were carefully brought to the stream and, one by one, gently lowered into the stream, and on to a new adventure.

As classmates placed the fish in their new home, students refocused their attention on their ecological footprint and had an impromptu trash pickup in the forest.

Much like the April 5 Crofton Elementary cleanup, students went around the forest gathering items for sorting and recycling later.

 

Salmon released into the stream. (Photo by Cowichan Valley School District)

Stocking Creek gets restocked with help from Crofton Elementary School students. (Photo by Cowichan Valley School District)

Just Posted

Play revolves around teenagers in thought-provoking dialect

Chemainus Theatre’s I & You focuses on the development of an unlikely friendship

Stouffer in a class of her own without Proteau in the field

Fairwinds golfer captures Mount Brenton ladies’ golf tournament by 15 strokes

Tour de Rock cyclists gear up on training ride

Stops in Ladysmith and Chemainus part of the fanfare and preparations

Sculpture relocation plan works perfectly in Chemainus

Heavy lifting required to place Cline’s work into Heritage Square

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island teen was discovered

VIDEO: Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans go crazy for merch

Movie theatres will show select episodes to mark the NBC series’ 25th anniversary

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Nearly 50% of Canadians experience ‘post-vacation blues’: poll

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

Vancouver Island senior found safe with help from six search and rescue teams

Wayne Strilesky found safe in thick brush in north Nanaimo

Most Read