Have you ever taken your kids to find salmon coming in to spawn? It’s a uniquely Northwest adventure great for your outdoor explorers.
I have a link to a whole post about that at the end of this one, but first I want to highlight a salmon homecoming event you can check out this weekend, and tell you about a very special place you can have fishy fun with your kids in Puyallup all year round.
The Puyallup Historical Fish Hatchery is a hidden treasure tucked away on a residential street just a few streets away from the fairgrounds.
It’s been part of the community for generations now, but it was almost closed and turned into a private, commercial facility. Luckily, an amazing group of community members came together to make sure that didn’t happen. Founding Director Patty Carter told me how their group went from sitting around a table at Denny’s to lobbying in the halls of Olympia. It’s one fish story that’s no tall tale! You can read a bit more about it here. The hatchery is now on the historical registry, which means it will be preserved permanently, and thanks to the generosity of still more community groups and volunteers, there is an awesome educational facility just waiting for your field trips.
Patty and some of her team gave Henry and me a little tour. The fish in these ponds are trout, and there are thousands of them. Henry was thrilled to get to toss them some food. Can you see them all going wild for it? It was crazy!
The educational center is open by appointment. If you have a class or homeschool group or other bunch that would like to come visit, just get in touch. Field trips can be tailored around your units of study, and they’re free! The center is super cute, and Henry loved the little film (naturally). [Read more…]