McLane Creek Nature Trail Resources

Fall is here and the chum are back! Every year between the end of October and the end of December, the creeks of South Puget Sound are once again teaming with native chum salmon. Visiting a local trail like the McLane Creek Nature Trail or Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail this time of year is a tradition for many of us.

South Sound GREEN, in partnership with Thurston County Stream Team, offers guided tours of McLane Creek Nature Trail every November to show students the beautiful Capitol State Forest environment and to feature the chum salmon returning to the creek to spawn! This year, we have altered our program to meet social distancing guidelines, including creating an entirely virtual McLane Creek salmon experience.

Chum at McLane Creek Nature Trail Digital Journal If you’ve visited McLane Creek Nature Trail in the past with your students, you may have used Stream Team’s field journal as a guide. We worked to adapt this journal to a digital format with interactive activities, videos and lots of information about salmon! This journal can be completed with or without a live Zoom session (see below for more info). Please make a copy of the notebook to interact with, edit, and share the notebook with your class.

Still looking for more salmon-based lessons? Check out a collection of salmon resources on our Classroom Resources List, as well as these relevant ThurstonTalk Home Science Activities!

Interactive Zoom Salmon Zoom Sessions:

  • Sign up for a live salmon dissection through SignUpGenius! Dissections last between 30-40 minutes, and the sign up sheet is set up in 1 hour increments to accommodate different classroom schedules. If a live Zoom is not going to work for you, we will also be making a recorded version of the dissections and share that with you all soon!
  • We are offering free 15 minute live Zoom sessions for local classes and students from McLane Creek, where a South Sound GREEN educator will be present to point out salmon spawning behaviors and answer questions.

Schedule Your Zoom Meeting:
We are scheduling McLane Creek Salmon Zoom meetings with teachers and classes on a first-come first-serve basis. We will be offering one Zoom meeting per class, and teachers can request a date and time below.

Before filling out the form, please check the calendar below to see if the date and time you are requesting is available. These calendars will be updated daily and manually, so please provide a first and second choice for your meeting in case your time slot is booked.