salmon and trout program

This program was developed in the late 1980's as an effort to educate young students to the importance of healthy watersheds, rivers, streams and ultimately the planet. It started with the vision of two people, Barry Burt and Matt McCaslin. Through an original grant from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, financial support from Schools Plus and the Soquel Creek Water District, they were able to put on the first STEP training for a small group of teachers in the San Lorenzo Valley School District.

Shortly thereafter, STEP began its affiliation with the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project (MBSTP), a group whose main goal is the restoration and preservation of native runs of anadromous salmonids in our local coastal streams. These two organizations have worked hand in hand providing eyed eggs for classroom incubation, hosting hatchery field trips and conducting a training seminar once yearly for educators that wish to take this program into their classrooms.

The Training Seminar

The seminar is held one weekend a year. This year, 2014, will be February 8th and 9th. It takes place at the UCSC's Long Marine Lab on the beautiful coast of Santa Cruz. The seminar encompasses an entire weekend and consists of a variety of lectures, classes and participatory events. Certification is provided at the completion along with all sorts of tools that can be utilized in the classroom. The amount of attendees is limited to facilitate a more "hands-on" experience.

Over the years interest in STEP has grown at an amazing rate. Each training seminar has been bigger and more elaborate than the previous. Hundreds of teachers have taken the curriculum back into their classrooms and impacted the lives and attitudes of students throughout California and beyond. Samples of the completely redesigned course are provided in this site but you must attend the seminar to obtain the entire curriculum.

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