For the next five months, we have about one hundred – yes, one hundred little visitors in our school! The Atlantic Salmon Classroom Hatchery Program has chosen our school to participate in bringing back one of Lake Ontario’s treasures. Matt Burley from the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program visited our school to set up the hatchery in our Science/Music room.
The students are excited to be part of the program as they will learn hands-on lessons that span the curriculum (science, math, geography, and history). Eager anticipation is brewing as the salmon eggs are expected to start hatching within the next week. In May, the salmon will be released in Bronte Creek.
The Atlantic Salmon Classroom Hatchery Program is one of the education components of the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program (LOASRP). This five-month hands-on lesson on Atlantic salmon and the biodiversity of the Lake Ontario watershed introduces students, parents, and teachers to the Atlantic salmon species, their history in Ontario, and the restoration efforts to bring back a healthy and self-sustaining population to Lake Ontario. Salmon raised in the hatchery become part of the overall number released into the target streams annually. The Classroom Hatchery program creates long-term environmental awareness and engagement among participating students at the schools.
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