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Storming the Sound with Salmon


Storming the Sound with Salmon is a partnership between the City of Federal Way and Federal Way Public Schools. As part of the program, Federal Way students raise Coho salmon in their classrooms, from egg to fry. While applying such core skills as observation and data collection, students learn about life cycles, interrelationships in ecosystems, environmental stewardship, and the importance of salmon to Pacific Northwest commerce and culture. The year-long program culminates in the Storming the Sound with Salmon Release Event, where students release their fry into Hylebos Creek.

The Release Event happens over the course of four days in May, when students come to the West Hylebos Wetland Park to release their fry and learn about different environmental topics from local organizations.

For questions about the program please contact our Public Education and Outreach Coordinator at SWM@Cityoffederalway.com.


2019 Release Event Information

This year's Storming the Sound With Salmon Release Event was a huge success! Over 1,000 students from Federal Way Public Schools visited West Hylebos Wetlands Park. Students released their salmon fry, which they have been raising in their schools since December, into the Hylebos, and participated in hands-on learning activities led by local environmental organizations. They learned about everything from salmon's role in the food chain, to orca recovery efforts, to the obstacles that salmon face as they migrate from freshwater to Puget Sound. Big thanks to our sponsors, Puget Sound Energy and King County Waste Water Treatment Division, and to our lunch sponsors, Subway, Chik-fil-A and Jimmy John's. 

Storming the Sound With Salmon Promo from Transect Films on Vimeo.