Join us for Virtual Salmon Adventures!

Salmon Expeditions have gone virtual!

Join us on seven virtual adventures, each individually designed for K-6th grade students (or the whole family) to explore a different ecological, cultural, or historical aspect of the fall Chinook salmon run, right in the backyard of the lower Yuba River.

These 10 minute video episodes come as an educational unit package, which include: a resource guide, pre-assessments, pre-episode activities, mid-episode activities, and post-assessments. All activities are designed for easy environmental science learning at home. All your student needs is paper, their writing utensil, a device to watch it on, and their curiosity!

Salmon Expedition on the Yuba River

Most autumns, SYRCL’s River Education flagship program leads “Salmon Float and Hiking Expeditions” along the Lower Yuba River. On these expeditions, youth and community members witness endangered Chinook salmon returning to their ancestral spawning habitat along the Lower Yuba River, and learn about the role salmon play as a keystone species within the watershed. This phenomenon also serves as the learning foundation for highlighting many of the other historical, environmental, and socioecological dynamics integral to the future protection of our Yuba watershed.

This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to support remote learning for K-12 students, SYRCL committed to developing creative new ways to deliver this program, and ensure students and community members still have the opportunity to connect with this year’s fall Chinook salmon run, and this unique section of the Yuba River.

Therefore, SYRCL (thanks to generous funding provided by Yuba Water Agency) is excited to announce that this year’s Salmon Expeditions are going virtual! These past few weeks, we’ve been composing scripts and working with a film team to  provide seven “Virtual Yuba Salmon Adventures” for students in the Yuba watershed and beyond! Each adventure, a ten minute episode, gives our adventurers the chance to join us in exploring:

  • History of the lower Yuba
  • The Story of the lower Yuba salmon
  • How to protect and restore salmon habitat
  • How to do your own water quality monitoring in your backyard creek or stream

Our “Virtual Yuba Salmon Adventures” are also designed to:

  • Support science education at home! All the episodes can come as a packaged & standards-aligned unit, with accompanying indoor and outdoor science activities for each episode!
  • Serve as pre-expedition lessons for students who participate in future float or hiking expeditions.
  • Be promoted to educators throughout Sacramento, San Francisco and the Central Valley region, and further inspiring Yuba watershed stewardship from the Sierras to the sea.


Episode 1: Salmon as a Keystone Species


Episode 2: The Gold Rush & Indigenous Communities


Episode 3: The Story of the Yuba Salmon Journey


Episode 4: Benthic Macroinvertebrate (BMI) Investigation!


Episode 5: The Importance of Lower Yuba Restoration​


Episode 6: Let’s Take Action to Protect the Yuba!


Episode 7: The 2020 Fall Chinook Run!

When you can join us on our “Virtual Yuba Salmon Adventures?”

All episodes are now available. Register today to receive the package of all seven episodes and the resource guide for only $15.


Learn More and Order All Salmon Adventure Episodes Here

While this year’s Salmon Expeditions are certainly not what we envisioned, we’re grateful for the unexpected opportunity to share the importance of Yuba salmon habitat conservation and restoration with new students across the region. And, actually are very excited for the reach this new format offers our community.

Questions? Contact us!

Ray Lubitz
River Education Manager
(530) 265-5961 ext. 218


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