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Hundreds of Anchorage students enjoy Salmon Celebration

By Lauren Maxwell 8:51 PM May 9, 2014

Annual Fish and Game event looks to teach children about environmental stewardship

ANCHORAGE –

Beautiful weather in the Anchorage area Friday made it hard for students to stay in class. Fortunately, hundreds of them didn’t have to as they attended the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s annual Salmon Celebration at Potter Marsh.

The Salmon Celebration attracted close to 1,900 students from across the Anchorage School District. Many of them had been raising salmon in their classrooms all winter.

The event gave kids a chance to get out in the sunshine and learn about outdoor activities as well as wildlife at the marsh. Organizers said they wanted to instill an appreciation for the environment at a young age.

“We feel that if they know about the resource, there’s more interest in the resource and they are going to be more inclined in the future to protect the resource,” said Fish and Game’s Ryan Ragan.

Ragan said the department also wants to encourage families to get out and fish. Local lakes are being stocked with trout all next week, he said.

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