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Copper River Watershed Project



Begun as a series of workshops on sustainable development in 1996, the Copper River Watershed Project was founded on the premise that, as residents of this region, we have more in common with each other than we have differences among ourselves.

Type of Education Provided

  • Formal
  • Informal
  • Professional
  • Para-professional
  • Recreational
  • Other

Organizational Classification

  • Federal
  • Non-profit
  • Other
  • State
  • University-Based

Stem Programming

  • Yes
  • No


  • Yes
  • No

Operating Region

  • Southeast Alaska
  • Southcentral Alaska
  • Southwest Alaska
  • Northwest Alaska
  • Interior Alaska
  • Statewide

Primary Audience

  • Rural
  • Remote
  • Urban
  • Statewide
  • Specific


Cordova, Prince William Sound


Salmon in the Classroom

ÊEach winter, the tank is set up using eyed coho eggs delivered by float plan from the Wally Noerenberg Hatchery on Esther Island in Prince William Sound. Each month one of the 4-6th grade classes monitors the tank, collecting daily water temperature readings and tracking development of the eggs. Once the eggs hatch and the alevins develop into fry, staff from CRWP and the PWS Science Center teach the students how to feed the fry and help with regular water exchanges to keep the salmon healthy. At the conclusion of the school year, the 5th grade class releases the salmon at Fleming Spit.

Stewardship Program

This hands-on program takes 10 youth from communitiesÊthroughout the region on an in-depth adventure through the Copper River watershed.Ê Participants meet with representatives from a wide range of fields and perspectives along the way, learning about what makes this watershed so special, as well as the challenges the region faces.

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