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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Wild Coho Spawning in Crystal Springs Creek (3 min.)
Watch an underwater video of Coho salmon spawning in Portland's Crystal Springs Creek.



Salmon in Our City.  Native salmon and steelhead are found in more than 125 miles of Portland’s 300 miles of waterways. Check out which species are found in a waterway near you!


  SB 13 Tribal History-Shared History Curriculum

Tribal History-Shared History (Senate Bill 13) — Passed in 2017, Senate Bill 13 directs the Oregon Department of Education to create K-12 Native American Curriculum for inclusion in Oregon public schools and provide professional development to educators. It includes place-based curriculum created by the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. Find connections to salmon in the following lesson plans:

4th grade lesson plan: Salmon and the River
4th grade lesson plan: Catching Pacific Lamprey at Willamette Falls (math lesson)

8th grade lesson plan: Human Impacts on the Environment: Salmon Population in Oregon
8th grade lesson plan: Fishing for Treaty Rights (math lesson)


  Articles and Activities

Common tire chemical implicated in mysterious deaths of at-risk salmon. From Science Magazine (December 3, 2020) Scientists have identified a chemical that is killing coho salmon in the Pacific Northwest after rainstorms.

How Scientists Tracked Down a Mass Killer (of Salmon) From NY Times (December 3, 2020). Another article about the connection between a chemical found in tires and salmon die-offs in the Pacific Northwest.

Create Your Own Salmon Habitat- STEM Bite (3rd-4th grade lesson plan)
STEM Bites are a project of the Oregon STEM Hub network. This lesson was adapted from a contribution by:  NOAA Fisheries, the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) Animated Arts, and the Portland Metro STEM Partnership.

Plant with a Purpose: Help Protect Salmon Habitat with Your Garden. An article from the National Wildlife Federation about how gardening with natives can help protect salmon whether you live by a stream or further inland.

The Fish Friendly Board Game-- (downloadable pdf) Learn about the perilous journey salmon take from their home stream out to the ocean and back again. Start with 1,000 eggs in your redd (nest) and see what happens. Will you survive?


More Resources

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There's Something Very Fishy About These Trees. (4:10)  From  PBS/KQUED's Deep Look series. Salmon make a perilous voyage upstream past hungry eagles and bears to mate in forest creeks. When the salmon die, a new journey begins – with maggots. Learn how the life cycle of salmon contributes to forest health. Also, check out the accompanying article.

Life Cycle of Pacific Salmon (5:30)
From the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and PNCA Animated Arts.

Salmon Simulation (University of Idaho) The Salmon Sim project is a developed simulation to better understand the lifecycle, behavior, and habitat of the Alaska sockeye salmon. Players choose a fish species and run simulations, changing variables and navigating environmental hazards.