Teacher Tidbits

An Aid to Planning for the School Days

Please review and share this information with your students and parent chaperones.

Directions to the Hatchery 
Parking and Bus drop-off and pick-up is located off of East Leavenworth Road. As you drive through Leavenworth, look for Icicle Road at the west end of town just before entering Tumwater Canyon. Turn left (south) on Icicle Road for two miles. Find the Salmon Festival signs and follow them left (east) on East Leavenworth Road about 1/4 mile. The parking lot entrance is on the right.

Bus Loading & Unloading – Buses should pull up to the station indicated by the parking assistants. Wait for a Salmon Fest representative to come on the bus, great your students, and communicate with the teacher before unloading. Make sure to write down you bus number and bus driver’s cell phone number. Bus drivers can wait in the bus parking area, but cannot return to the loading zone until they receive a phone call or text letting them know that their class is assembled and ready to load.

Be On Time – Our scheduling is very tight. Late-comers may not be accommodated. We try to give you at least 15 minutes to move between activities.

Lunches – There will be no lunch delivery service this year! Students can carry lunches in their backpacks, or chaperones can transport lunch bins to and from hatchery park. There will be water stations around the grounds. Students and adults are encouraged to bring re-usable water bottles to cut down on paper cup use.

Photo Release Forms – If you have signed photo release forms for all of your students let me know! I will collect them at the festival entrance, and let USFWS photographers know they can photograph your class. This is a public event though, so there may be other media taking photos. If a student should not be photographed, please ask their chaperone to communicate this with any photographers that approach your group.

Dress and Personal Items – Instruct your students to dress appropriately for outdoor weather. Students should bring a backpack with a pencil and water bottle inside. Please make sure your students leave the festival with all their belongings. Each year we have lots of items sent to our lost and found! It’s very helpful if personal items and clothing are labeled with the teacher and school name, in addition to the student’s name.

Pre-Work – Be sure to start your pre-work now- it’s never too early!

Recycling – There will be a Waste Management Recycling Station in Hatchery Park.

First Aid – Located at the main entrance. Know your students’ needs, and be aware of any allergic reactions to bee stings.

Bathrooms – Port-a-potties will be stationed throughout the festival grounds. Check map for locations. Do not use restrooms inside the hatchery building. The septic system is 80 years old, not designed for hundreds of people, and is located under the field where everyone eats lunch. So if too many people use the indoor restrooms …

Gyotaku – If you are scheduled to attend this fish printing activity, make sure you bring pre-labeled name tags for each student and remember to pick up prints before leaving the festival. Labels should include school name, teacher name, and student name.

Special Needs – Make sure the festival staff and your chaperones are aware of any special needs of your students.

Parent/Chaperone Preparation

  • Photocopy the map and highlight your activities.
  • Give parents and chaperones the schedule of activities.
  • Stress the importance of understanding the difference between pre-registered (sign-up) and drop-in activities.
  • Spend time orienting them to the Salmon Festival.

Please stress the importance of being on time!

Poster Contest – Winners are announced here. Congratulations to all of our winners! If you would like to participate in the poster contest, please contact Debbie Gallaher at 509.661.4960.

School Days Food Court – There will be limited snacks available for purchase.

Exhibitors for Thursday and Friday- Remember to visit the exhibit area and the many hands-on activities.

NOTE: This list is being updated for 2019.

  • Cascadia Conservation District
  • Lake Wenatchee State Park
  • Together for Drug Free Youth
  • Upper Columbia Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group
  • Washington Water Trust
  • Wild Fish Conservancy
  • Wilderness Awareness School

Festival T-shirts – Festival t-shirts will be sold at the sales booth from 10:00AM-3:00PM Thursday and Friday.

Volunteers Needed! – We need your help to recruit volunteers. If you or someone you know wants to be a part of the Salmon Fest Team, please contact the Hatchery at 509.548.6662 ext.226. We’ll sign you up!

Teacher Evaluation – To help us improve the Salmon Festival for next year, we need your feedback.

Please note that all teachers who return their evaluations in a timely fashion will get priority scheduling for the next Salmon Festival. We will provide a link to Survey Monkey after the festival. Please check back here for that link.