Salmon Camp is hosted of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Tribal Workforce Development program.
The annual camp focuses on providing tribal members with culturally relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences.
The goal is to foster an interest in natural resources careers, and to close the academic achievement gap for Native American youth.
A limited number of incoming sixth- to eighth-grade students from the four tribes are selected to attend the free camp. Meals, lodging and a stipend are provided after the program is successfully completed.
The week long camp is held during the summer in tribal homelands. The four tribes take turns hosting Salmon Camp.
The five-day, overnight camp exposes the students to a blend of Western science and traditional ecological and cultural knowledge. Salmon Camp participants:
Learn about the science and lifecycle of salmon.
Work on salmon restoration projects.
Explore traditional ecological knowledge.
Meet tribal professionals working in the sciences.
Learn from tribal elders and cultural experts. And they gain unique and valuable hands-on experience.
Salmon Camp 2016 dates will be announced in March. An application form and the application deadline will also be available in March.
For more information, contact Tana Atchley, CRITFC Tribal Workforce Development and Outreach Coordinator, 503-238-0667. [email protected]