Salmon in the Classroom
The LGA’s in-school Salmon in the Classroom program let’s student raise landlocked Atlantic salmon through the first three stages of life (egg, alevin, and fry) and properly release them in the Lake George watershed. As caregivers of the fish for five months, students use a tank setup that mimics an outdoor environment, including rocks where salmon can congregate and a chiller to control water temperature.
The program’s general timeline is:
January: Salmon eggs are delivered to participating schools. Each week, tank temperature is increased 1 to 2 degrees.
February: The eggs hatch, releasing tiny alevin that spend time on the rocks. An attached nutrient sac provides food through this stage, which lasts approximately six weeks.
March: The salmon transition to the fry stage. This is when students begin feeding the fish, which now swim freely around the tank.
May/June: By the end of May, the fry are 2 to 3 inches long and tank temperature is the same as the water in local streams. Teachers apply for a release permit with the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation so the students can set their salmon free within the watershed. Popular locations include West Brook and East Brook in the Lake George Village.
Let's Educate Together
The LGA educates and inspires new generations of Lake Protectors through our popular field trips, outdoor education, and classroom programs. All programs are aligned with the New York State Core Curriculum and deliver a fun and hands-on learning experience for your students.
To learn more about how we can partner with your school or youth organization, please call us at (518) 668-9700.