Our final salmon release party is Saturday, May 13 at 8 PM!
This is our very special school fish release… join us!

Past school salmon releases bring lots of students, family, and teachers to wish their fish a safe journey!

We are about to release our final batch of Chum salmon fry into Venema Creek on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM!  This is our final release of the 2017 Imprint Season.

This is our very special school fish release from the Salmon in the Schools program.  28 Seattle public and private schools delivered their fish, hatched from eggs and raised for 3 months, to the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond.  CWCAP volunteers have been feeding them 3 time a day, 7 days a week while they have been imprinting with the mineral and chemical signature or smell of the Piper’s Creek Watershed.  It’s very particular scent is now imprinted in special cells in the developing salmon so that they will be able to locate these home waters when they return to spawn in 3 to 5 years.

Join CWCAP and a whole lot of school kids and parents as we wish these amazing fish a fabulous journey!

Drive down the hill into Carkeek Park and look for this sign to the Imprint Pond.

Plan to be at the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond no later than 8:00 PM Saturday, May 13. Though it won’t be dark yet, flashlights will be helpful as you watch the fish make their way downstream after their release. Small pools in the creek will have hundreds of juvenile fish venturing downstream. Rubber or hiking shoes are recommended along the wet banks near the release sight. Oh yeah — kids, don’t forget to bring your parents, friends, and teachers!

The fish that this community releases on May 13th will be among the hundreds that return to spawn in 3-5 years at Carkeek Park.

Thank you Suquamish Tribe and the staff at Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery for our fish stock, your expertise, and support!

Thank you Seattle Public Utilities Urban Watershed Outreach & Education and Salmon in the Schools —Seattle for in-school technical support, educational programming, and school transportation!

Fish from these 28 schools will be released on Saturday, May 13th at 8:00 PM!

5,000+ school fish are now imprinting at the Carkeek Park!

Nancie Hernandez helps students count fish and learn how to safely add fish to the fish pond; St. Benedict, March 27, 2017

Over four weeks this Spring, 28 schools in the Salmon in the Schools program brought their fish to the Carkeek Imprint Pond to be fed and imprinted by CWCAP Imprint Stewards.  The school fish will now be fed 3 times per day, 7 days a week until May 13 when they’ll be released at our final release party of the 2017 Imprinting Season.

Each of these 28 schools received 220 salmon eggs that they observed while they hatched and then grew for 3 months into healthy 2 inch salmon fry.  Students observed the remarkable developmental transformation of young salmon while incorporating science, math, and cultural curricula into their experience.

 

Now their salmon fry will be cared for over the next few weeks while they are fed and imprinted with the mineral and chemical signature or smell of the Piper’s Creek Watershed.  It’s very particular scent will be imprinted in special cells in the developing salmon so that they will be able to locate these home waters when they return to spawn in 3 to 5 years.

The following 28 schools raised salmon eggs to about 2 inch fry in chilled 55 gallon aquariums for 3 months.  Now they’re here!

Thank you Seattle Public Utilities Urban Watershed Outreach & Education and Salmon in the Schools —Seattle for in-school technical support, educational programming, and school transportation.

Schools are bringing their salmon fry to the park!

KapKa Cooperative School visited on April 3rd, 2017 with 40 students, teachers, and parents. Their field trip included a scavenger hunt and adding 200 Chum salmon fry that they raised from eggs to the Salmon Imprint Pond.

KapKa’s music teacher, Jamie Shilling, lead the students in songs about salmon and school life.  Raising and releasing salmon and music has been a beloved tradition for years at KapKa Cooperative School.

St. Benedict students delivery their salmon fry to the Salmon Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park
St. Benedict students delivery their salmon fry to the Salmon Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park; Nancie Hernandez helps students count fish and learn how to safely add fish to the fish pond; March 27, 2017

Bus loads of kids are visiting Carkeek Park everyday with their teachers and parent chaperones to deliver hundreds of salmon to the Salmon Imprint Pond.  Each of 29 Salmon in the Schools (SIS) schools received Chum salmon eggs in early January and their fish are now about 2 inches in length and ready to be imprinted.

Seattle Public Utilities partners (SPU) with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and private schools to support this program of investigation, observation, learning, and sharing.  SPU supports the much larger Seattle program of nearly 60 schools, 29 of which bring their fish to Carkeek Park.

School field trips began on March 27 and will continue through April 20 for a total of 29 school field trips to Carkeek Park.  After these fish have been fed 3 x day, 7 days a week by CWCAP Imprint Stewards, they will be fully imprinted and ready for release into Venema Creek on or about May 13, 2017.

Viewlands Elementary’s bucket of fish; March 28, 2017, Christel Peterson

Each school received 220 Chum salmon eggs in early January provided by the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery.  Each school raises their fish from eggs that soon hatch to alevin, and then grow to the approximately 2 inch fry stage in 55 gallon chilled aquariums.

By the time late March rolls around each Spring, SIS school salmon fry are ready to move to the Carkeek Park’s Salmon Imprint Pond.  Here, they have about a month to memorize the chemical/mineral signature of the Piper’s Creek Watershed system.  The process of imprinting changes their home water “memory” so that they are very likely to return in 3-5 years as adults to spawn in the Pipers system.

In 3-5 years, some of these school fish may return to this system to spawn.  Similarly, some of the Chum salmon that returned to Piper’s and Venema Creek last fall to spawn may have been released 3-5 years earlier by some of these very same schools!  How excellent is that?

Stay tuned for updates as this wonderful program unfolds!