Earlier this week, 125 8th graders from Olivet traveled to MSU campus to release Salmon into the Red Cedar River. Salmon in the Classroom is a statewide program coordinated by the MDNR and local partnerships. This learning experience allows students the opportunity to raise, care for and maintain the salmon in their classroom from fall until spring. The program culminates at the end of the school year with the release of the young fish in a local watershed that feeds one of the Great Lakes. Students and teachers participate in a program to follow the life cycle of salmon from eggs, to hatchling to smolt, starting in the classroom.
After releasing the salmon, students visited educational stations to learn about water quality, stormwater, and macroinvertabrates. Staff from Eaton and Calhoun Conservation Districts, and MidMeac worked with the students to collect water samples and identify insects to learn more about watershed health.