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  • Salmon obstacle course

  • For this obstacle course students will act out the salmon life cycle from fry to spawners. They have to survive in the wild!

  • Salmon start their lives as eggs, hidden in gravel at the bottom of fast flowing water. They grow up in this spawning ground

    area as alevin (eating their egg sac) and fry (eating insects.) Seasonally, they are triggered to move beyond their spawning

    ground. At the stage of smolts, their bodies undergo a large physiological transformation, allowing them to move through their

    creek, through the river systems, and finally reaching the estuaries that lead them to the ocean. They live in the ocean for the

    majority of their lives where they develop into adult salmon. Finally, when the time is right, their bodies undergo another large

    physiological transformation allowing them to travel from the saltwater ocean to the freshwater creek where they were born.

    They will lay their eggs and milt back in the exact same spot where they grew up for the beginning of their life.

  • Their migration follows a

    great distance, amazing

    abilities to find their home,

    and incredible amounts of

    threats along the way.

  • Goal: To create and complete

    an obstacle course that

    represents all the struggles

    that real salmon have to

    navigate as they go from rivers

    to the ocean and back.

  • Materials: Whatever items you can

    find around your house and outside.

    If being outside is not an option

    then just use your household items,

    couch, chair, bed to represent items

    such as salmon locks or waterfalls,

    dams, and predators.

  • Set up: This obstacle course should not be very

    easy to migrate through. As in the real world the

    salmon have to overcome many obstacles. Try and

    find ways that you have to jump, crawl under,

    squeeze through, get around, climb and avoid. Use

    your whole yard or house. Feel free to use both

    your house and the outdoors as a whole course.

    For example. You can start off in your bedroom as

    your hatching area and end up outside down the

    block or to a park as the ocean and then return all

    the way back to your “spawning ground”

    (bedroom) as your whole obstacle course. Think of

    it as a giant salmon parkour.

    Start here? Potential predator?

    Shadows can be predators?

    Getting up stream?

    Swimming around rocks?

  • Requirements: You should have a

    minimum of 6 predators and 10

    obstacles one of which needs to be

    uphill or upstairs.

    Remember to have fun, be safe

    and have a parent approve of

    the obstacle course before you

    try it.

  • If you make an obstacle

    course please send pictures

    or videos of your course and

    getting through it. Thanks!