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Activity List / Sign-Up

Thursday Sep. 19 and Friday Sep. 20, 2019

SALMON FEST & RIVER RAMBLE ACTIVITY SIGN-UPS ARE INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION. Choose your top 5 Salmon Fest activities and your top 3 River Ramble activities from the lists below. We will do our best to accommodate your choices. Take into account any special needs your students may have when selecting your activities. Remember if you have participated in Kids in the Creek in the past two years, please refrain from signing up again so others have a chance to participate in this popular activity.


Animal Trackers

What dog has webbed feet? What cat is really a dog? Learn this and more from practicing wildlife biologists at the completely new and revised Animal Trackers. Then, compete with your classmates to see who is best at identifying who made the track. Requires skill AND speed! Divide into teams and play against each other or, maybe, even play against your teachers! (30 minutes)


Students learn the external anatomy of a fish then apply paint and carefully press paper over it for a colorful print in the same manner that Japanese fishermen once recorded their daily catch, by making a fish rubbing (gyo=fish, taku=rubbing). (30 minutes)

Hooks & Ladders

Become a salmon and migrate your way past predators, fishing boats, dams, and waterfalls to make it back to your home stream. (30 minutes)

Kids in the Creek

From the banks of Icicle Creek and in its calmer reaches, students explore the parameters of a healthy fish habitat. With a fisheries biologist as a guide, they will determine where fish like to live, what they prefer to eat, and what macroinvertebrates are considered indicator species. If you are scheduled for this activity then you automatically receive Macroinvertebrate Mayhem. (40 minutes)

Macroinvertebrate Mayhem

Students become caddisflies, stoneflies, and other aquatic insects in a game of tag. They quickly learn that some insects are more susceptible to environmental changes than others. (30 minutes)

Raptors over the Wenatchee

Using various mounted raptors (birds of prey) and live birds of the area, students explore the habits and life histories of these birds. Wing parts, feet, skulls, and food pellets show in great detail the interesting adaptations of the raptors on display and learn about their relationship to fish. (30 minutes)

Riparian Ramble… a nature trail walk

Explore Icicle Creek Interpretive Trail through this unique multi-sensory safari. Stations along the trail are staffed by biologists who interpret wildlife, plants, archaeology, geology, and riparian river themes. Students participate in a lively and engaging manner, involving them in hands-on learning. (40 minutes)

Rolling Rivers

Students and parents alike learn-through-playing in a giant sandbox! This hands-on interactive watershed modeling activity is a unique learning experience, in which participants learn the fundamental elements of a healthy and properly functioning watershed and then use that knowledge to create ideal Salmon habitat. (30 minutes)


Learn how to use computer code to program a salmon robot up a river to it’s spawning grounds. (30 minutes)

Watching Wildfires

Discover the difference between healthy and unhealthy forest fires and find out what you can do to to make a difference in the forest. (30 minutes)

What’s Hatching?

Take a guided hatchery tour by a fish culturist and learn about the salmon’s life cycle, see live salmon eggs, discover how fish are aged, and watch fingerling Chinook salmon eat lunch. (40 minutes)

What’s That Bird?

Join the Audubon society to search high and low for life-like wooden bird models. Learn skills to help identify birds that you can see right here in North Central Washington. (30 minutes)



Salmon Storytelling Tent

In this colorful 30-foot long nylon inflatable salmon tent, students hear Native American legends conveying the importance of salmon, wildlife, and rivers to their culture from a renowned Native American storyteller. (25 minutes)

Tipi Significance and Set-Up

Build a tipi on the banks of the Nsíq’el’t (Icicle Creek). It will take everyone helping out to get your tipi standing. Learn about tipi customs and how they are used in a variety of ways. (30 minutes)

Traditional Canoe Use and Legacy of the Inland NW

The Columbia river is the lifeline for plateau tribes. Before the advent of cars and roads, rivers provided easy and swift transportation. Learn about traditional canoe building and heritage from an expert. (30 minutes)

Traditional Drumming Demonstration

Feel the pound and hear the rhythm of drums. How are drums used in ceremonies and events. Practice your own drumming skills. (30 minutes)

Traditional Salmon Bake Demonstration and Presentation

One of the most significant First Foods of Columbia plateau tribes, salmon are preserved, cooked, and eaten in a number of different ways. Learn about the cultural, economical, and nutritional significance of salmon. (30 minutes)

Traditional Salmon Fishing Technology and Demonstration of the Inland NW

Look out across Nsíq’el’t (Icicle creek) at the traditional salmon fishing grounds of the Wenatchii people. Today the Wenatchii band still returns to Nsíq’el’t every year to fish. Learn about traditional and modern fishing tools and methods, and how salmon play an important role as a First Food for Columbia plateau tribes. (30 minutes)

Tribal Lithic Technology Demonstration: Atlatl throw & Flintknapping

How did we make tools before machines? See how flintknapping can make a variety of tools and instruments. Practice using tools, including throwing an atlatl. (30 minutes)