Journey of the Salmonid Assembly

HomePageSYRCL is celebrating the return of one of its very popular assemblies, the Journey of the Salmonid.  Thanks to generous support by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, this fun, educational assembly will once again be making a splash in schools.  The main characters Tiny, Flo, and the Fish Guy or Gal, will be teaching students about the amazing journey of Chinook Salmon and Steelhead, two native species that spawn in the Yuba and Sacramento rivers.

The Return of the Salmonid is a science-based assembly targeting students in grades K-6. It employs comedy, student participation, and standards-based learning to introduce students to the lifecycle of Steelhead Trout and Chinook Salmon from egg to spawning adult. It also depicts the challenges these fish face to survive and the many ways humans can help them. Students will learn about the impacts of dams, pollution, and the drought while discussing solutions to help these endangered species return to the river, spawning for generations of salmon and people to come.

This interactive presentation uses the life cycle of salmon and steelhead to teach California Science Standards such as life cycles, habitat, camouflage, and adaptations. “Journey of the Salmon” has informed, inspired, and captivated audiences of all ages.

Just like Salmonids first hit the Sacramento river when they leave the brackish waters of the San Juaquin river delta, this assembly will be making its early return in the Sacramento School District. SYRCL is currently hiring actors for the assembly and for the Great Water Mystery.  If you are interested in auditioning or know someone who is, send them our way!

For questions about the Journey of the Salmonid or to schedule an assembly at your school, please contact Ray Lubitz, River Education Manager at (530) 265-5961 ext. 218 or

What are people saying about the Journey of the Salmonid?Flo Hugging_Edited_cropped

“The assembly was fabulous! Very informative, kid friendly and tied to state standards. A great opener to our camouflage unit.” – Tracy Pomeroy, Arboga Elementary

“The use of different modalities to reach children is awesome. Fantastic storytelling, amazing behavior management, student participation, props, and songs to demonstrate ways to keep our waterways clean.” – Mrs. Russell, Grand Oaks Elementary

“I’ve daydreamed through lots of assemblies. This one kept me and my students alert, engaged & entertained!” – Nancy Carter, Mission Avenue Elementary

“The life cycle of the salmon comes to life right before your eyes! Every student that participates will never forget this exciting hands-on presentation.” – Darrell Stewart, Luther Elementary