September 30, 2022
Cedar River Salmon Journey
When June through October—check event listing for dates and times
Join the Seattle Aquarium to learn more about salmon! Trained naturalists will be on-site to help you spot spawning salmon and learn about the things we can all do to help them. Free and family friendly!
Follow the journey of a lifetime
Each year, thousands of Pacific salmon return to our local watersheds to produce the next generation of fish. Salmon play a key role in our economy and are the cornerstone of our local ecosystem, which supports us all. These amazing creatures are also critical to the health and well-being of Coast Salish peoples, who stewarded these lands and waters for generations and continue to do so today.
Here in Seattle, we’re fortunate to host one of the few wildlife migrations that runs through the heart of an urban watershed. The Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed supports a threatened run of Chinook—as well as sockeye and coho—salmon. From May to September, adult salmon pass through the Ballard Locks on the final leg of their epic journey from the rivers and streams in which they were born, out to the ocean and back to these same rivers and streams. There, during fall and into winter, these salmon will spawn and die, and the Pacific salmon life cycle will begin again.
Share your community treasure! Become a volunteer naturalist on the Cedar River and learn about one of the world’s amazing wildlife migrations, which runs through the heart of Seattle, into Renton and on up to Maple Valley! Naturalists will receive training from fish, interpretative and watershed experts and in return spend three weekend shifts making riverside presentations to the public about the Cedar River and its spawning salmon.
Training is scheduled for two weekday evenings (September 13 and 20) and two weekend days (September 10 and September 24). Training sessions prepare volunteers to talk about the human and natural history of the Cedar River, the Cedar River Watershed, salmon ecology, and what we can do to help salmon. In-person trainings are held in the Renton area and one evening training will be held virtually.
Once trained, volunteers commit to work in teams at one of five sites on the Cedar—Landsburg Park, Belmond Reach, Riverview Park, Renton Library or Cedar River Park (the Renton Community Center)—for three of the 16 "on duty" shifts during October weekends.
Interested in volunteering?
Contact Katie Engel at email@example.com or call (206) 792-5851.
Cedar River Salmon Journey at the Ballard Locks through September
Saturdays from 10:30am to 3:30pm on the following dates:
- August 20
- August 27
- September 3 (Labor Day Weekend)
- September 10
- September 17
October 2022 dates and times:
11am–4pm on October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23.
|Locations (links will open locations in Google maps)|
|Cedar River Park|
Note: Please help keep these sites healthy for everyone by following current COVID-19 guidelines.
Resources and activities
- We’re raising our voices for healthy salmon habitat, February 8, 2021
- A tale of two rivers, October 20, 2020
- Recovering Northwest salmon, April 7, 2020
- Fascinating fish of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, April 6, 2020
- Engaging communities to protect salmon and orcas, February 18, 2020
- Healthy habitats for healthy salmon and orcas, February 3, 2020
- Southern residents and the hunt for food, (the link between Chinook and Orca) July 8, 2019
- Why are Chinook salmon so important to orcas?, June 21, 2019
- Pierre 59 survived the Sound, (learn about steelhead & how you can help salmon), May 20, 2019
- Pierre 59 is surviving and thriving, May 8, 2019
- Salmon eggs by the numbers, October 28, 2016
- The how and why of salmon migration, October 17, 2016
- A closer look at the wonder of salmon migration, October 7, 2016
- Redd alert! Our Chinook salmon are hatching!, December 14, 2015
- Salmon Conservation and Restoration: We Work to Save Salmon in Your Watershed (King County)
- Living with Salmon in King County (a guide to salmon in King County)
- Habitat Conservation Plan for the Cedar River Watershed and Fish (Seattle Public Utilities)
- Salmon Conservation (WA Department of Fish and Wildlife)
- Salmon Identification: Ocean Phase vs Spawning Phase (WA Department of Fish and Wildlife)
- Protecting Surface Water in Renton (the City of Renton)
- Washington State’s biennial report on salmon, their habitat and recovery efforts (Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Watch our webinar series and hear from an education specialist, a fisheries biologist and a salmon recovery manager about the challenges salmon face, their population trends and local restoration efforts in the Cedar River.
- Part 1: The Cedar River, a lifeline for people and salmon (an introduction to the Cedar River watershed)
- Part 2: Salmon and the Cedar River (an overview of Cedar River salmon and their population trends)
- Part 3: Salmon Recovery in the Cedar River: Restoring a place where salmon and people can live together (salmon recovery actions in the Cedar River watershed)
- King County Flood Control District
- MMS Giving Foundation
- Seattle Public Utilities
- The WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council
- The City of Renton
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Seattle District