Field Trip Friday – Salmon Fishery Facilities Open House


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Today I am joining in Field Trip Friday a day late, it is hosted by Chestnut Grove Academy. This isn’t a new field trip for us and we go to the fishery a few times a year in both spring and fall. My favorite time to go is in the fall when the leaves are changing and it’s much cooler.

Today was a dreary day and the kids have been sick for the last couple weeks. We really needed to get out of the house. It was chilly, cold, and rainy. We decided that since C.D. “BUZZ” Besadny Anadromous Fisheries Facilities was having their open house today, we would check it out. We have never been there during the open house.


The first thing we did when we got there was find a parking space and it was packed. They had people parking quite a ways away and you had to walk. Well we got there just in time as the horse wagon was coming and we hitched a ride to the all the fun. The horses were beautiful. I do not remember what they were called. Something with a P. My daughter watched them the whole time we were in the back. She loves horses.



Finished Product

The next stop was print making. For $7.00 you could buy a t-shirt and make a fish print on a shirt. My daughter had a blast doing this. She also put a butterfly and a dragonfly on her shirt as well. We are just waiting for it to dry and then we need to iron it so it makes the ink permanent.


Salmon Swimming Upstream to Ladders

Our next stop was into the building where you could watch them grab the salmon from the slide. They would weigh them and take the eggs out. We have seen this before as we have done a homeschool tour. I never knew that salmon eggs were a bright orange. Well then we went out side and a lady was holding a salmon. The salmon was huge. I forgot to ask how much it weighed. I believe that it was a female as I didn’t notice the hook in the front. It was a Coho salmon she was holding.

Right now it’s spawning season for the Chinook salmon. However, for some reason there was a lot of Coho salmon that were coming in, but their spawning season is in the spring. There was a ton of salmon out there. The pictures I am showing you are from up above where you can see many of the salmon swimming and jumping up the ladders.


As we wondered down the walk way, we stopped at the start of the first ladders. There is a dam just before the first jump of the ladders the salmon swim up. We watched as there were salmon trying to make a jump up and over the damn. I don’t think many of them get over it. I wasn’t able to catch any with my phone as they were to quick.

The next spot is my daughters favorite area of the whole fishery. It’s the last of the two ladders that the salmon jump to get into the holding pond before they take the eggs. It’s amazing how much strength they have to keep on jumping these ladders as I am sure they are tired from their swim. When they try to jump the biggest ladder they often times hit the wall, the window, or the iron gate. I feel so bad for them as that has to hurt. They are amazing to watch. The video isn’t long and it isn’t as good as the one I had from the last time we were there when the Coho Salmon and Brown Trout were spawning.

The final stop before we left was the food tent. My daughter was hungry and wanted a hotdog and a kitkat. So we had to stop and let her eat a little lunch, before we headed back on the long walk back to the car.

There were other tents there but we didn’t stop at them as I don’t think they appealed to us. There was a spot where you could make a bobber or something like that for fishing. There was a demonstration of fishing for salmon and two other tents. My daughter wanted to spend most of the time in the viewing area watching the salmon jump. We came at the last hour of the open house.

13 Responses to “Field Trip Friday – Salmon Fishery Facilities Open House”

  • 1

    that would have been neat to see. 🙂
    annette @ A Net In Time´s last blog post ..Review: Raegan and RJ Save the Day

    admin Reply:

    It was really neat to see. My daughter could literally sit there for hours and hours just watching them. There is something peaceful about it as well.

  • 2
    Kristi says:

    How fun!!! This looks like an amazing field trip!!!
    Kristi´s last blog post ..Beds for Orphans in Ukriane

    admin Reply:

    This was really fun. We go there twice a year and see the salmon spawn. I think this is one field trip my daughter doesn’t get tired of. When they are in the pond they try to get out. One actually has come through the fence between my son and I. It took two guys to lift the salmon and throw it back in. My son hasn’t gone after that as it scared him. It’s amazing to see their will to get up the ladder.

  • 3
    Bethany says:

    We’ve never been to a hatchery. That looks neat.

    Bethany Reply:

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    admin Reply:

    They harvest the eggs there and then send them off to grow I believe. They don’t raise them there. I am trying to remember where they send them. It is very interesting 🙂

  • 4

    We went to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery during the salmon run one year. Haven’t been in ages, we should do it again. 🙂
    Shecki @ Greatly Blessed´s last blog post ..Our Sixth Week of School

  • 5

    My husband was just saying now would be a good time to visit a hatchery! Thanks for sharing at FTF!
    Jennifer Altman´s last blog post ..Apple Crumb Pie and Apple Dumplings

    admin Reply:

    If you are close to one, I highly suggest you visit one. It is so very interesting and just peaceful. My kids absolutely love it.

  • 6
    meghan says:

    This is really neat. I love seeing other families’ field trip ideas! It definitely helps encourage me to get out and find fun field trips for us. We have some fisheries close by, so I may be adding that to our list of trips. Thanks for sharing!

  • 7

    This reminds me of the Curiosity Quest DVD 🙂
    We visited the Turtle Hospital during that review.
    Fun stuff!
    Marcy @Ben and Me´s last blog post ..Thanksgiving Unit Study, Free Lapbook and Book List

    admin Reply:

    Marcy that is exactly what I thought about, was the Curiosity Quest DVD. It was interesting to see all the salmon that came into that fishery. Ours looks nothing like the on the DVD. It’s a smaller one. The Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, and Chinook Salmon are the only fish that come there to spawn. The eggs are sent off and they raise the eggs in different areas. I would love to see the Turtle Hospital. That looked really neat.

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