Salmon Project

Raising salmon from eggs, then releasing into Hylebos Creek

In the late 1980s, before anyone was monitoring our local declining Salmon population, our school started its Salmon Project. That's over 25 years of helping the salmon!

  • Soos Creek HatcheryStudents visit the Soos Creek Hatchery to get salmon eggs.
  • Water from Hylebos CreekThey take water from the Hylebos Creek...
  • Water for the Salmon put in the tank for the salmon eggs.
  • Prepare fish tankThey prepare the tank...
  • Add the salmon eggs...and then add the salmon eggs.
  • Salmon growThe salmon grow...
  • Salmon mature...until they are mature enough to be released.
  • Older Students teach younger studentsThe older students teach...
  • Older Students teach younger students...the younger students about the lifecycle of the salmon and about protecting our environment.
  • Release salmon - whole School activityThe whole school (Toddler - 8th grade)...
  • Release salmon - whole School activity...participates in releasing...
  • Release salmon - whole School activity...the salmon into the Hylebos Creek.
  • Release salmon - whole School activityOlder students help younger students...
  • Release salmon - whole School activity...release their salmon...
  • Release salmon - whole School activity...into the Hylebos Creek.
  • Mrs. Justus - our school's founderThis is Mrs. Justus (our founder) with her Great Grandkids, who are also students in the school.
  • Salmon spaning up streamStudents watching a salmon spawn upstream (on our campus).
  • Salmon spawning upstreamAdult salmon spawning up the Hylebos Creek to lay eggs! So exciting!
  • Mrs. Justus taught students about this in the 1950sMrs. Justus, our founder, in the 1950s teaching about the Hylebos Creek's delicate Eco-System.

Federal Way Mirror Newspaper Articles about our Salmon Project:

Salmon savers: Spring Valley Montessori nurses creek to health

Federal Way kids release salmon hatchlings into the wild

School boosts local salmon supply

Every year the 4th - 8th grade students get salmon eggs from our local hatchery, and then raise them until they are fingerlings. The students study the life cycle of the salmon, and then go to the younger students' classrooms and teach them about the salmon. The young children love having the older students in their classes!

All of the classrooms love taking nature hikes to visit the salmon tank and see the progress of their growth.

When the Salmon are mature enough, the entire school participates in releasing the salmon into the Hylebos Creek. Each student names a baby Salmon, and then release it into the Hylebos Creek. (Nemo and Dori have been popular Salmon names for a few years now.)

It's really fun to be part of helping the environment, and helping the dwindling Salmon population. You're never to young to think about how you can make a positive impact on our environment and the world.

See also:
We've been Green before Green was a buzz word