Activity List / Drop-In

Thursday Sep. 19 and Friday Sep. 20, 2019

This is a list of drop-in activities that require no sign-up. We encourage you to visit these activities throughout the day as your schedule allows. Many of the activities are located in the exhibit area. (This tentative list will continue to be updated as we near the festival.)


Many agencies and organizations in our community share information through hands-on, interactive activities. Cascadia Conservation District, Yakama Nation Fisheries, Bureau of Land Management, Washington State Parks, Wolf Haven, and many others will be joining us for this salmon celebration.

Fish Aquarium

Gaze through the waters and become eye to eye with our local freshwater fish. Learn more about why fish look the way they do and how to identify them.

Fish Dissection Lab

Join a USFWS fish veterinarian and dissect a real salmon! Learn all about the organs and body parts that help a salmon survive and thrive.

Hatchery History

How did hatcheries raise fish over 50 years ago? Find out in the Hatchery History Exhibit inside the nursery.

Hydropower and Alternative Energy

Join staff for Grand Coulee dam to discover the wonders of hydropower, electric circuits, and solar-powered ovens!

Library Bookmobile

Read a book, learn about fish, and get your very own library card!

Nsíq’el’t Encampment Arbor

Basketry and Beadwork Exhibit, Animals of the Inland NW, Ethnobotany and Salmon Heritage of the Inland NW, Arts and Crafts Review and Sales Booths, Traditional Flute Exhibit, Traditional Subsurface Cooking Methods and Native Cuisine.

Nsíq’el’t Encampment Dance Exhibition Program

Each day from 12 – 1:3o PM, come and see a selection of traditional dances and drumming from Columbia River Plateau Tribes.

Salmon Maze

In this 40 by 40 foot barrier-free maze, students will experience the many challenges of aquatic life and migration when they discover themselves as salmon, hatching and struggling to survive. They meet predators along the way as they go through the salmon’s amazing life cycle. An activity sheet is given to each student to complete.

Pollinator Garden

Discover what a butterfly looks like through a microscope and go on a garden scavenger hunt!

Sardis Raptor Center, “Hunters of the Sky”

View live raptors while learning about the “Hunters of the Sky” with Sardis Raptor Center. What do raptors eat? How high can they fly? What do they do in the winter? Drop in with your questions about owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and more and see them live, up close!

Wheel of Fish

Spin the wheel, test your Fish IQ and learn fishy facts! Lunch Time Only in Hatchery Park.