Salmon “On-Line”

Celebrating the Return of the Salmon, Virtually!

Salmon “On-Line” is a virtual supplement to the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival that takes place annually to celebrate the return of salmon to our Northwest rivers and includes two days for students from schools across Washington and a free public community day that adds outdoor recreation, performances, and more.

Enjoy this special collection of resources that will enhance at-home learning opportunities for all. We hope you’ll be able to join us in-person at a future Wenatchee River Salmon Festival!


Due to the cancellation of Salmon Fest 2020, we decided to create and gather some fun and educational salmon-centric activities and resources that can be enjoyed by anyone, from anywhere. We call it…, Salmon On-Line! 

Learn about the important and fascinating salmon life cycle and about their anatomy, have fun participating in a virtual drawing class as you learn to draw your own salmon, see salmon being raised and released into local rivers, and enjoy Native America Storytelling with legends related to the sleeping lady mountain profile in Leavenworth and the Chinook Winds.

Enjoy this brief introduction featuring Corky Broaddus and Hailey Croci, co-directors of the festival, joined by Sammy the Salmon and several friends along the Icicle River in Leavenworth, Washington.

The Importance of Salmon & their Lifecycle | Provided by Wenatchee River Institute

Learn to name the five types of salmon, the critical role that salmon play in the Northwest for the people and environments they share, and their adventurous lifecycle from small stream to ocean, then back to their home stream. 

Rolling Rivers | Provided by Cascadia Conservation District

Learn about watersheds and habitats, important features for salmon to thrive, and what we as humans can do to help protect these critical environments.

Schools for Salmon | Provided by Cascade Fisheries

Salmon are critical to the people and waters of the Pacific Northwest. With their natural habitats often in danger due to development, pollution, and a rapidly changing environment, it takes a concerted effort to try to keep these salmon populations at a healthy level. Learn about local efforts and programs that are tackling this issue, plus watch hatchery-raised Coho salmon being released into the Wenatchee River.

How to Draw a Salmon, with SF Art Director Christie Pease

Join Salmon Fest Art Director, Christie Pease, to learn how to create a simple salmon drawing that you can color in and design yourself to celebrate salmon at home! 

Salmon Anatomy | Provided by Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

Learn the ins and outs of salmon from tip to tail, including the organs and methods that help them survive frigid cold water temperatures and navigate back to their home streams. 

Native American Storytelling, by Carolyn Wilson

The Legend of the Sleeping Lady 

In Leavenworth, Washington there’s an iconic mountain profile referred to as the Sleeping Lady. How did it get that name? Hear the legend that involves a native warrior and a forbidden love.

The Battle of the Chinook Brothers 

Hear the legend of the battle between two Chinook brothers that rages on to this day, causing the seasonal winds to shift across Northcentral Washington. 

Virtual Hatchery Tour | Provided by Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

Take a tour of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery to learn about why and how they raise millions of fish every year, and the methods behind monitoring their release and return. See salmon at different stages of life as they develop from eggs to fry, to fish, and learn about the hatcheries spawning techniques.

Salmon Fest Student Curriculum | Provided by Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

Every year, prior to attending Salmon Fest, students from across Washington State spend time in the classroom learning about topics that will be further addressed during their time at the event. Salmon Fest, in partnership with the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, provides a “Salmon Fest Curriculum” to help teachers prepare their students so they are able to get the most out of their event experience. 

The resources are broken up by Salmon Fest Activity and introduce background information, concepts, and vocabulary relevant to that activity. 

While meant as a preparation tool, much of the information is very educational on it’s own.  

Watch a Video from Salmon Fest Community Day!

*This is the same video that plays at the top of this page.*

Salmon "On-Line" Partners

The success of Salmon Fest On-Line is due in large part to enthusiastic participation and cooperation from the following organizations and people. 

  • Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
  • Cascadia Conservation District
  • Cascade Fisheries
  • Chelan County
  • Friends of Northwest Hatcheries
  • Wenatchee River Institute 
  • Christie Pease
  • Carolyn Wilson
  • Voortex Productions

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