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Watershed and Salmon Education
The Salmonid Restoration Federation thanks long-time fisheries and watershed educator Jan Duncan-Vaughn for sharing these extensive lists of books, available curricula, and other essential education websites with us! Please scroll through or click the highlighted headings above to explore this wealth of information. We hope that if you have additional reading or a website that would be useful to teachers and restorations you will contact us with them.
California Salmon & Steelhead Our Valuable Natural Heritage. Higgins, Diane. Binder. Excellent curriculum. $20. Available locally, call 839-4987.
Field Manual for Global Low-Cost Water Quality Monitoring@. Stapp, William and Mark Mitchell. Thomson-Shore Inc. 333 pg. Softcover. Put out by GREEN. Lots of information,nice section on how to make how to make your own equipment.
Fish Eggs To Fry. Oregon Fish & Wildlife incubation manual. Can be downloaded from the internet. (ODFW html below)
Hands On Save Our Streams, Teachers Manual. Izaak Walton League of America, Save Our Streams Program. Binder. Curriculum for grades 1-12. Available at little to no cost.
Kids In Creeks: An Interdisciplinary Creek Exploration Program. Alameda Clean Water Program. Binder. An excellent curriculum for K-8. You have to take a workshop to get the curriculum.
Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD: Excellent lesson plans presented very clearly. Grades K-12. You need to take a workshop in order to get the books.
Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW). Download salmon incubation curricula A fish Eggs To Fry@. VERY GOOD! Find out about STEP (Salmon Trout Education Program).
The Stream Scene: Watersheds, Wildlife and People. Oregon Fish and Wildlife. Binder. Curriculum for grades 9-12. Excellent. Order from ODFW Attention Stream Scene POB 59 Portland, OR 97207 or download from ODFW website (html below). Cost $32.00 Oregon Fish and Wildlife. Binder.
Watershed Uplands Scene: Catching the Rain. Oregon Fish and Wildlife.Binder. Curriculum for grades 9-12. Excellent. Order from ODFW as above. Cost $20.00
WOW: The Wonders of Wetlands. Kesselheim, Alan & Britt Eckhardt Slattery. 1995. Environmental Concern, Inc. 330 pg. Softcover. Lessons about wetlands, laid out similar to the Project Wild curriculum.
Books about Salmon and watersheds (mostly for kids)
Adopt A Stream: Field Guide to the Pacific Salmon. Steelquist, Robert. Sasquatch Books. 1992. 64 pg. Ages 5-adult.
A Fish Hatches. Cole, Joanna & Jerome Wexler. Wm. Morrow and Co. 1978. Through a series of black and white photos, discover the life cycle of an Atlantic Brown Trout.
A Good Days Fishing. Prosek, James. Simon & Schuster. 1975. A children’s picture book about fishing by the author and illustrator of “Trout of the World”. Ages 3-8.
Animal Trackers By Rivers and Lakes. Crabtree Publishing. 1993. Explore what lives in and by a stream. Ages 5-12.
Aquatic Habitats: Exploring Desktop Ponds. A Teachers Guide. Barrett, Katharine & Carolyn Willard: Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley. 1998. 128 pg. Includes lesson plans in setting up a model pond in a classroom. Grades 2-6. Softcover.
A Salmon For Simon. Waterton, Betty. Groundwood Books. 1978. A sweet story. Ages 3-8.
Big Fish, The: An Alaskan Fairytale. Wakeland, Marcia. Misty Mountain Press. 1993. Delightful story of a young native girl who wants to catch a BIG salmon and when she does learns a lesson that you can do anything if you believe in yourself. A great story! Ages 5-12.
California’s Salmon and Steelhead. Lufkin, Alan. Univ. of California Press. 1991. Adult.
Case of the Missing Cutthroats, The. George, Jean Craighead. Harper Collins. 1975. An ecological mystery story for young adults.
Cloud Dance. Locker, Thomas. 2000. Harcourt Brace. All about clouds. Companion to Water Dance. The drawings are exquisite. Age 5-9
Come Back Salmon. Cone, Molly: Sierra Club Books. 1992. 48 pg. How the kids of Jackson Elem. School in Everett, WA reclaimed a nearby stream. Ages 6-14.
Come to Our Salmon Feast. KcKeown, Martha Ferguson. 1959. Metropolitan Press. Out of print but worth finding. The story of fishing on the Columbia River and Celilo Falls before the dams.
Discovering Endangered Species. Field, Nancy. 1990. Dog Ear Press. Softcover. A nature activity book.
Discovering Salmon. Field, Nancy. Dog Ear Press. 1994. Softcover. Contains lots of activities and games and comes with salmon stickers. Ages 5-12.
Down to the Sea: The Story of Little Salmon & His Neighborhood. Nicholas, Jay W. Bookpartners Press. 2000. Ages 6-12. Proceeds benefit the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps.
Ebbie and Flo. Kelly, Irene. Smith & Krauss. 1996. Ebbie likes to explore, his sister, Flo, doesn’t. Join them on their journey down to the sea. Ages 5-12.
Fish: The Story of the Stickleback. Lane, Margaret. Dial Press. 1981. About the life cycle of the three-spine stickleback. Ages 5-12.
First Salmon, First People. Roche, Judith & Meg McHutchinson, editors. 1998. Univ. of Washington Press. 199 pg. Softcover. Native stories from around the Pacific Rim. Ages 8-adult.
Fish Princess, The. Watts, Irene N. Tundra Books. 1996. A fable for ages 5-12.
Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast. Stewart, Hilary. Douglas & McIntyre. 1977. Softcover. Beautiful line drawings of Native American fishing devices. Ages 12-adult.
Indomitable: The Only Salmon Who Could & Did. Weaver, Harriet. 1984. Friends of the Redwood Library. A true story about the salmon who returned to Prairie Creek Hatchery.
Life Cycle of a Pacific Salmon. Cooper, Jason. Rourke Publishing. 2003. Ages 5-9.
Life Cycle of a Salmon, The. Trumbauer, Lisa. Capstone Press. 2003. Hardcover. Nice photos. Ages 3-8.
Life Cycle of the Salmon. Hogan, Paula Z. Streck-Vaughn Co. 1991. Ages 5-9.
Life in Ponds. Gorvett, Jean. American Heritage Press. 1970. All ages.
Little Fish. Moisa Jr., Ralph. 1997 Perfection Learning Corp. A Native American story about believing in yourself.
Magic School Bus Goes Upstream: A Book About Salmon Migration. Cole, Joanna. Scholastic Press. 1997. Paperback. Ages 5-12.
Pacific Salmon: From Egg to Exit. Bell, Gordon. Hancock House. 1996. High school to adult.
Pacific Salmon Life Histories. Groot, C. and L. Margolis. Univ. of British Columbia Press. 1991. Widely considered the bible of salmon. Adult
Pacific Salmon and Steelhead Coloring Book, The. US Fish and Wildlife. One of the best and it’s free!
People of Salmon and Cedar. Hirschi, Ron. Cobblehill Books/Dutton Press. 1996. About the culture and history of the Indian people of the Pacific Northwest. Ages 8-14.
Pond Monster. Sweeneyh, Jacqueline. 2002. Benchmark Books. Nice story for early readers.
Prince and the Salmon People, The. Murphy, Claire Rudolf. Eastern Washington Univ. Press. 2003. Softcover. Re-telling of a traditional Pacific Northwest Native American Legend. Ages 5- adult.
Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People. Forbes, Natalie, Tom Jay & Brad Matsen. 1994. Alaska Northwest Books. Photographs and essays about Pacific Salmon. All ages.
Red Tag Comes Back. Phleger, Fred. Harper Row Pub. 1961. Ages 5-9.
River Cutters Teachers Guide (revised edition). Lawrence Hall of Science GEMS. 1989. Create models of rivers and river features and explore how watersheds work. Grades 6-12.
River of Life. Miller, Debbie S. Clarion Books. 2000. About a river in Alaska and the life it supports. Beautifully illustrated. Ages 5-12.
Salar the Salmon. Williamson, Henry. David R. Godine. 1935, reprint 1990. A classic book! 207 pages. Ages 8-adult.
Salamander Rain: A Lake & Pond Journal. Pratt-Serafini, Kristin Joy. Dawn Publications. Ages 6-12.
Salmon. Baxter, John M. World Wildlife Library. 2000. Nice photographs. Ages 9-14.
Salmon, The. Crewe, Sabrina. Streck-Vaughn. 1997. Nice photos of stages of salmon. Ages 3-6.
Salmon. Dillon, Wallace. California State Series. 1962. Old textbook, classic and out of print. Ages 5-12.
Salmon. Hirschi, Ron. Carolrhoda Books. 1991. Hardcover. Nice photos. Ages 8-14.
Salmon. Hodge, Deborah. Kids Can Press. Covers basic life cycle, species, problems. It’s very well done. Ages 6-14.
Salmon. James, Sylvia M. Mondo Publishing. 2000. Paperback. Nice illustrations. Covers basics well. Ages 5-12.
Salmon. Sakurai, Atsushi. Knopf. 1984. Beautiful photographs, not much text.
Salmon Boy: A Legend of the Sechelt People. Joe, Donna. 1999. Nightwood Editions. Ages 6-12.
Salmon Creek. Lebox, Annette. Groundwood Books. 2002. Gorgeous illustrations! Ages 6-12.
Salmon Forest. Suzuki, David and Sarah Ellis. Greystone Books. 2003. Take a walk with Sarah and her father and learn about salmon and the forest.
Salmon & His People: Fish & Fishing in Nez Perce Culture. Landeen, Dan & Allen Pinkham: 1999. Confluence Press. 247 pg. History of the Nez Perce tribe and the Columbia River. Includes ecology, geology, biology, key to fish species, stories, old photos...an extensive and exhaustive work. Excellent bibliography and glossary. Great photos.
Salmon Moon. Karlins, Mark. Simon & Schuster. 1993. Sarah & her grandmother save a beautiful salmon. Nice story. Ages 6-12.
Salmon Nation: People & Fish at the Edge. Wolf, Edward & Seth Zuckerman. 1999. Ecotrust. Softcover. Well done, for older kids and adults.
Salmon of the Pacific. Lewis, Adam. Sasquatch Books. 1994. Beautiful photographs, excellent text. Adult.
Salmon Princess, The: An Alaska Cinderella Story. Dwyer, Mindy. 2004. Sasquatch Books. A classic tale but with rubber boots.
Salmon Story. Guiberson, Brenda Z. Henry Holt Co. 1993. Nicely told story about sockeye salmon. Ages 8-14.
Salmon Stream. Reed-Jones, Carol. Dawn Publications. Gorgeous illustrations! Excellent, covers all species, problems. Ages 6-12.
Salmon Summer. McMillan, Bruce. Houghton Mifflin. 1998. Story of a Alaskan boy, his family and village and the salmon they depend on. Ages 6-12.
Silver: The Life Story of an Atlantic Salmon. Haig-Brown, Roderick L. Lyons & Burford. 1931, reprint 1989. A classic story set in England. Ages 5-adult.
Sockeyes Journey Home: The Story of a Pacific Salmon (Smithsonian Oceanic Collection). Winkelman, Barbara Gaines. Softcover. The life cycle of the sockeye salmon.
Sockeye: The Life of a Pacific Salmon. Caras, Roger A. Univ. of Nebraska Press. 1975. Ages 8-adult. A pretty exciting retelling of the salmon life cycle but no pictures.
Swimmer. Gill, Shelly. Sasquatch Books. 1995. Softcover. Story about the life cycle of an Alaskan salmon Ages 5-12.
Swimming Salmon. Martin-James, Kethleen. Lerner Publications. 2003. A picture book for the very young. Nice photos. Ages 3-6.
Testing the Waters. Behar, Sharon. 1996. River Watch Network. Softcover. Useful information for older students or adults who want to start a monitoring program.
There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed A Trout. Sloat, Teri. 1998. Henry Holt & Co. Variation of the traditional rhyme. Lots of fun.
Totem Salmon: Life Lessons from Another Species. House, Freeman. Beacon Press. 1999. The story of restoration efforts on the Mattole.
Trout. Winner, Cherie. 1998. Carolrhoda Books. Ages 6-9.
Trout of the World. Prosek, James. Gorgeous watercolor paintings! All ages.
Trout Trout Trout! (A Fish Chant) Pulley Sayre, April. 2004. North World Press. Fun fish rap for kids of all ages.
Water Dance. Locker, Thomas. 1997. Harcourt Brace. About the water cycle. Exquisite drawings. Age 5-9.
Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek. Khosla, Maya. Golden Gate Natl. Parks Assoc. 1997. Softcover. Beautifully illustrated story about salmon life cycle set in a creek that runs through the Muir Woods in Marin Co., CA. Ages 8-adult.
When Bear Stole the Chinook: A Siksika Tale. Taylor, Harriet Peck. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1997. Re-telling of a traditional tale. Ages 5-12.
Where the River Begins. Locker, Thomas. 1984. Puffin Books. Author also wrote Cloud Dance and Water Dance. Drawings are exquisite. Ages 5-9.
White Palace, The. O’Neill, Mary. Thomas Cowell Co. 1966. Nice retelling of the life cycle of a chinook salmon. Ages 5-12.
Other interesting websites
Aquademics, Aquarium Education for Americas Schools. All about aquariums, set-up, maintenance, lessons plans, resources and references. Very informative!
Salmon: Spirit of the Land and Sea. Website for grades 5-8 & 9-12
Salmon Web.org. Lots of interesting links