Field Trip Location
Capilano hatchery North Vancouver
Chehalis hatchery Aggasiz
Chilliwack hatchery Chilliwack
Hyde Creek Watershed Society Hatchery Coquitlam
Inch Creek hatchery Dewdney
Kanaka hatchery Maple Ridge
Metro Vancouver: Salmon Rainforest Metro Vancouver
Little Campbell hatchery Surrey
Nicomekl hatchery Langley
Noons Creek hatchery Port Moody
Trinity Western University Langley
Tynehead hatchery Surrey
Seymour hatchery North Vancouver
Strait of Georgia Cannery Richmond
Stanley Park Ecology Centre Stanley Park
Vancouver Aquarium Stanley Park

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Capilano hatchery tours

Capilano hatchery has resumed tours for Salmonids in the Classroom participants.
To book call (604) 666-1790

When booking your tour please keep in mind:

Capilano Hatchery
Capilano Hatchery

Capilano Road north (Capilano Road exit from Highway #1 or North Vancouver exit off Lions Gate Bridge, then left up Capilano Road) .5 km past the Suspension Bridge. Turn Left on to Capilano Park Road (Look for sign "Capilano River Regional Park") and proceed down 1 km to end of the road.

Community groups and special educational programs that participate in fisheries renewal and educational activities, such as classroom incubation and stream enhancement, may obtain guided tours. For more detailed information contact the hatchery.

All public tours are self-guided and a new downloadable tour brochure is available from this website. The tour takes approximately one-half hour. Please obey all signs!


To encourage continuation of this special opportunity, please consider communicating your appreciation to the hatchery staff, as well as to:

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,
House of Commons, Parliament Bldgs.,
Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ont. K1A 0A6

Stanley Park Ecology Centre

Salmon Release (Grades 2-7) Investigate one of only four remaining salmon-bearing streams in Vancouver and discover how salmon are deeply connected to their environment.

Enhance learning as your students release salmon fry into the fresh waters of Stanley Park. Do a stream survey and meet fry prey up close and personal in an exploratory pond dip.

Our Salmon Release Program complements the Department of Fisheries and Oceansí Salmonids in the Classroom Program. If you are studying salmon, also check out our Salmon Forest classroom program for a great way to kick off your studies.

For grades 2-3, Salmon Release is $169.00 for a one and a half hour program for up to 25 students.

For grades 4-7, Salmon Release is $219.00 for a two hour program for up to 30 students.

Salmon Release is available in April each year. Bookings must be coordinated with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Please contact us for more details.

Download the Salmon Release Program Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location, preparing for the program and more.

Trinity Western University Langley, BC

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Salmon in the Valley is a full-day, environment-based curriculum designed to complement and build on concepts students are already learning in the classroom. Developed with specific life science learning outcomes and objectives, the program offers students a chance to explore and appreciate their natural surroundings. They’ll develop a better understanding of the living organisms, simple food chains and natural processes found in a local forest setting.

Studying aqutic insects during field trip
Studying aqautic insects during field trip.

Your students will spend their day in TWU's Ecosystem Study Area (ESA)—60-acres dedicated to the study, preservation, and proper management of the environment. This valuable area of diverse and sensitive habitat contains part of the Salmon River, a large pond, several tributaries, and a second-growth forest. The area is maintained and studied by TWU students, faculty, and staff, and will be the main location for the hands-on learning your students will be doing.

Under the dynamic instruction of trained guides, your class can look forward to a guided forest walk, water quality testing, aquatic invertebrate sampling, plant and animal identification and salmon habitat exploration through fun learning-based games. Teachers will be provided with pre-trip and post-trip classroom materials, including background information for lesson planning, suggested pre- and post-trip learning activities, a full itinerary, directions and a fieldtrip planning guide.

NEW! This year we hope to be piloting a program for Grade 5 students, in addition to running our Grade 4 program.

Contact: Christopher Hall

Metro Vancouver: Salmon Rainforest

Salmon make a forest healthy Ė itís true! Join us to find out more about the extraordinary life cycle of salmon, and learn more about how they provide food for us, the forest and more than 100 other animal species. Available at Burnaby Lake, Capilano River, and Tynehead and Kanaka Creek Regional Parks for Grades 2 to 6. Programs are 2 hours long and the cost is $70 for 1 - 15 students or $140 for 16 - 30 students.
For more information visit their web site.

Seymour Hatchery, North Vancouver


Dear Salmon Teachers:
Gently Down the Seymour is a program for teachers and students, grades 1 through 6, participating in Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Salmonids in the Classroom program. Students spend a complete day at Seymour hatchery experiencing the life and habitat of salmon in their watershed.

Field trip spaces are limited and book up very quickly...
Bookings will not be accepted prior to this date and the application must be made in your name at

The Seymour Salmonid Society works hard each year to gather funds to offer this free spring field trip opportunity to fifty registered Salmonids in the Classroom classes (upon receipt of a $60 refundable deposit).

To book your class for Gently Down the Seymour:

  1. On Monday, January 26, 2009 a notice will be emailed to teachers who are on their district's Salmon Coordinator contact list to prepare you for the official booking date. (If you are not on this list you are not eligible to book).
  2. On Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 the official 2009 GDS booking begins.
  3. On February 4th you can register by contacting and provide your name, school name, class grade, number of students, and a list of at least three (minimum) preferred dates.
  4. Ensure that you are presently registered in Fisheries and Oceans' Salmonids in the Classrooms and are raising salmon in your classroom. If you are uncertain, contact your district Salmon Coordinator or Bev Bowler (DFO Education Coordinator) at and give your email address, school name, and phone number.
  5. A period of one week is required to process all booking requests after which you will be informed of the success of your application.
  6. Please note that we can only host one class each day and we cannot mix primary and intermediate level students.

Related web links:
Seymour Salmonid Society
Salmonids in the Classroom -
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR in the Seymour Watershed) –
Directions to the LSCR

Gently Down the Seymour is administered and served through Esse Environmental Education and Community Development Ltd. []



Gently Down the Seymour

The Gently Down the Seymour (GDS) education program is run in the spring at the Seymour River Fish Hatchery. The Seymour Salmonid Society raises money each year to allow this unique education experience to be offered for free to elementary aged students around the Vancouver area.

Gently Down the Seymour (GDS) is a field trip program designed to enhance the learning and understanding of students participating in the Salmonids in the Classroom program (Fisheries and Oceans Canada). This program is developed to give students unique, hands-on learning experience and the opportunity to observe salmon in their natural wilderness habitat as well as in a working salmon hatchery.

Gently Down the Seymour Education Program, Demonstration of salmon spawning

Students learn about salmonids and their life in the Seymour Watershed through four different component concepts:

Observations, measurements, investigations, and study techniques are employed individually as well as in a group giving students a chance to have direct personal experience with the living and non-living components of the land.

Gently Down the Seymour Education Program, Measuring the water depth of a stream in waders

Typically, students will get the opportunity to: