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Life and Times of the Columbia River Salmon

from Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

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Students will simulate the journey of a salmon down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean and back. Along their journey students will encounter the hazards that salmon face. Through interactive discussion, students will gain an understanding of the issues, problems, and possible solutions for maintaining the Columbia River salmon fishery.

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About This Program


By Request: $125.00


45 to 60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Community Interests, Social Studies/History, Economics/Business, Mathematics, Sciences multiplying, subtracting

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice

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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

The Dalles, OR
United States

We are the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Historical Museum for Wasco County. We offer a wide variety of natural and cultural programs. We are accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Rebekah Rafferty
5412968600 ext209

Program Details


Using questions and presentation review the lifecycle of the salmon.

Show the types of salmon found in the Columbia River.
Understand cultural importance of salmon to Native American Lifeways
Student simulation:
Put in schools of 1000 salmon.
Send schools on trip down river and back while encountering. many hazards.
Understand interaction between fish and dams in major waterways.

Discuss and show what is being done to save the salmon.

Conclusion with students giving opinions on what they think works the best to save the salmon.


Students will be able to:
Describe the life cycle of the salmon.
Understand some of the cultural and ecological role of the salmon throughout history
List modern hazards that challenge the Columbia River salmon.
Explain what is being done to save the salmon in the Columbia River.
Identify 3 species of salmon that make the Columbia River their home.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding:
*Structure and function in living systems
*Reproduction and heredity
*Regulation and behavior
*Populations and ecosystems
*Diversity and adaptations of organisms
As a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of:
*Biological evolution
*Interdependence of organisms
*Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
*Behavior of organisms
As a result of their activities in grades K-12, all students should:
*Understand the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface.
*Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.

State Standards

Explain the importance of niche to an organism?s ability to avoid direct competition for resources.

Describe and analyze the effect of species, including humans, on an ecosystem.

Identify and describe the factors that influence or change the balance of populations in their environment.

Describe the relationship between characteristics of specific habitats and the organisms that live there.

Identify and give examples of issues related to population increases and decreases.

Identify economic, cultural, and environmental factors that affect population, and predict how the population would change as a result.

Analyze and evaluate the impact of economic, cultural or environmental factors that result in changes to population of cities, countries, or regions.