EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION
SALMON IN THE CLASSROOM
Educating the next generation about rivers, their inhabitants and the environment is seen as a vital task. We therefore provide assistance for a key national project, Salmon in the Classroom.
This is a cross agency initiative providing some of the best hands-on learning that our children can experience. It allows them to take part in a real life conservation initiative.
Participating Agencies include The Tay Rivers Trust,Perth & Kinross Council (teachers, Countryside Rangers and supporting school staff), Atholl Countryside Rangers, Koch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Stirling Council and the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board.
A key part of both programmes is bringing fish directly into the primary class room. From our hatchery we provide eyed salmon eggs to each school. These are placed in fish tanks held in chiller cabinets. This enables the children to watch daily the hatching of the eggs and development of the baby fish, which are then returned to a local river. The children not only learn about the natural history of the fish, but actually get to look after them.
Subsequently class field trips are organised to the release locations and using electrofishing equipment catch fish (hopefully including some of the ones they released). This enables pupils to identify different fish and their life stages and even to learn how to handle fish safely and properly.
Fish are not the only topics covered during such field trips. Kick samples of aquatic life are taken and the youngsters are invited to count and identify them using simple keys.