For 2018 New and Returning Teachers

Please read this introductory letter before
viewing the Teacher Instructions page.

Greetings from Salmon Fest!

It is the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival’s 28th Anniversary and we’re looking forward to seeing you at this special event on September 20th, 21st, and 22nd!

This year’s theme is “Salmon on the Move” and we are celebrating the return of the Saturday public event, in addition to Thursday and Friday “School Days.” Please remember that Salmon Fest’s target audiences for “School Days” are fourth graders from area schools. However, we will accommodate third and fifth grades as this works better for some schools. We look forward to working with you to make this educational experience the best event your students participate in.

The Wenatchee and Eastmont School District schools alternate between Thursday and Friday each year to accommodate their district transportation departments.

Thursday, September 20th schools include:

  • (Wenatchee SD) Lewis & Clark, Lincoln, and Washington
  • (Eastmont SD) Grant, Kenroy, and Rock Island

Friday, September 21st schools include:

  • (Wenatchee School SD) Columbia, John Newbery, Mission View, and Sunnyslope
  • (Eastmont SD) Cascade, Lee, and Sterling

NOTE: Any other schools and home-school groups need to request the day they would like to attend—please indicate this when you register for activities. Teachers and principals from each school should coordinate their registrations so that they request the same date. Each school selects only one grade to attend the festival to avoid students experiencing the event more than once. If your class or group has mixed grades, consider attending Salmon Fest every other year.


Returning (Alumni) Teachers

On-line registration is available only for alumni teachers who have completed a Salmon Festival Teacher Workshop. For teachers who have not completed the mandatory Salmon Festival Teacher Workshop, you will register for your activities during your workshop this summer.

Teacher evaluations are critical to Salmon Fest’s success, so teachers who submitted their evaluations by October 16th last fall are eligible for Early Bird Registration starting Monday July 16th. Open online registration for all returning teachers will begin Monday July 23rd. Registration can be found here.

Activity choice preference will be given in order of registration. Last year we had difficulty accommodating the large volume of classes that registered, and some early registration teachers only received three activities. We heard your disappointment and frustration, and in an effort to have enough activities to go around we have added some new sign-up activities this year. You’ll be able to read about them on the website starting July 16th. On-line registration closes Friday August 24th. Schedules will be sent out the first week of September via email, so please fill out the registration form completely and provide email address(es) that will reach you during the summer and school year.

There are many teachers who have attended Salmon Festival for multiple years. If you have not been to a workshop in the last 5-10 years, you might want to attend one this summer to learn about some of the new sign-up activities and our plans to bring the curriculum up to date with NGSS standards.


For New Teachers in 2018

If you are a new teacher or have not been to a workshop you are required to attend a teacher workshop before registering or attending Salmon Fest with your class.

Workshop dates for 2018:
Thursday, June 28th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (USFS office in Wenatchee)
Wednesday, July 25th from 10:00 am – noon (USFS office in Wenatchee)
Tuesday, August 14th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (USFS office in Wenatchee)
Thursday, September 6th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Leavenworth Natl. Fish Hatchery)

To sign up for a workshop email Marjie Lodwick at education@salmonfest.org. Include your name, school, contact information (phone and email), and which workshop date you’d like to attend. During the workshop, new teachers receive an orientation to Salmon Festival, learn about the activity curriculum, register for the 2018 sign-up activities, and receive classroom materials (posters!).

Thank you for your continued support of Wenatchee River Salmon Festival!

Marjie Lodwick
Salmon Festival Education Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(509) 669-6941