Douglas County HS students take classroom outside to Rock Creek Fish Hatchery

GLIDE, Ore. -- High school students from Douglas County ditched the classroom Wednesday for a hands-on wildlife education.

The Rock Creek Fish Hatchery in Glide is spreading its fish conservation efforts to younger folks in the community.

More than a dozen teenagers suited up and got their hands dirty, learning the process of sustaining and spawning summer steelhead.

“It's science, technology, engineering, arts and math,” explained Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub project coordinator Grace Goodson, “so our main goal is to get kids involved with hands-on steam education whenever possible, and I think that there's a growing movement in Douglas County to support that and it's the heart of what Douglas County is."

One group of students came from Roseburg High School.

The trip was a part of their newly formed Science Club.

"I woke up and I was like, I'm gonna get to go learn a lot of new stuff,” said Roseburg High sophomore Courtney Ronk. “I hunt and fish, but I'm not super familiar with all of this stuff. All I know is like, male and female, and you keep the ones that are certain size or you don't. So yeah, it's just really cool."

Rock Creek Hatchery is open for tours and educational visits.

If you'd like to take students for a day trip, call the hatchery and set up a visit at (541) 496-3484.

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