SYRCL Announces Virtual Salmon Adventures
Each fall, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) leads “Salmon Float and Hiking Expeditions” along the Lower Yuba River. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to support remote learning for students, SYRCL’s River Education Program committed to developing creative new ways to deliver this program, and ensure students and community members still have the opportunity to connect with this year’s fall Chinook salmon run, and this unique section of the Yuba River.
On these expeditions, youth and community members witness endangered Chinook salmon returning to their ancestral spawning habitat and learn about the role salmon play as a keystone species within the watershed. This phenomenon also serves as the learning foundation for highlighting many of the other historical, environmental, and socioecological dynamics integral to the future protection of the Yuba watershed.
Thanks to generous funding provided by Yuba Water Agency, SYRCL has taken this year’s Salmon Expeditions virtual, inviting the public to join seven virtual adventures. Each video is individually designed for K-6th grade students (or the whole family) to explore a different ecological, cultural, or historical aspect of the fall Chinook salmon run, right in the backyard of the lower Yuba River.
These eight to 15-minute video episodes come as an educational unit package, which includes: a resource guide, pre-assessments, pre-episode activities, mid-episode activities, and post-assessments. All activities are designed for easy environmental science learning at home. All students need are paper, their writing utensil, a device to watch it on, and their curiosity. There are also Spanish subtitled versions of each episode.
For a limited time, through February 1st, the entire package of videos is available for just $15. Learn more and purchase here.
About SYRCL: The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL, pronounced “circle”) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers based in Nevada City, CA. See: www.yubariver.org