||June 25, 2014
||David Mance, Media Relations Coordinator, 509-969-6084 or email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Heritage University Summer Camp Shows Valley Middle School Students the Importance of Fish Habitat Restoration
Toppenish, WA — About 60 Yakima Valley middle school students will visit the Yakama Nation Prosser Hatchery this Thursday, June 26 to learn how tribal efforts to restore fish populations in the Yakama River are creating environmental and economic benefits for the community. The trip to the Prosser Hatchery is part of “Camp S.E.E.D.,” an annual two-week summer program run by Enactus Heritage University students. “S.E.E.D.,” which stands for Social Economic and Development, aims to teach the students from middle schools in Yakima, Toppenish and Mabton, lessons in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and teamwork.
Camp S.E.E.D. classes take place at Heritage University’s main campus in Toppenish. This year, the middle school students got a closer look at agricultural operations by observing a farm built and run by Heritage University environmental science students, visited the Junior Achievement World campus in Terrace Heights where they learned how to master various business practices, and are putting those entrepreneurial skills to work by turning wine bottles into attractive vases and selling them with flowers. Just this week, medical professionals from Pacific Northwest University Health and Sciences, Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Program, and Yakama Nation Native Health Services visited with the students to share information on healthcare.
During their visit to the hatchery on Thursday, the students will observe practices benefiting fish, including habitat restoration, fish milking, and reconditioning of fish which may enable repeat spawning. Enactus Heritage University advisor Len Black says students will see how the Yakama Nation’s involvement with improving salmon fisheries not only benefits the Valley’s environment and economy, but may also provide them a future career path.
“This field trip is a great way for the students to see how fish survival is good for our culture and livelihood,” says Black. “Re-establishing fisheries also provides different career opportunities for the students to explore.”
The middle school students will leave Heritage University Thursday at 9 a.m., and arrive at the Yakama Nation Prosser Hatchery at 990 Grande Road in Prosser around 10 a.m. The students will spend about 90 minutes at the facility.
For more information about the Camp S.E.E.D. program, contact Len Black, Enactus Heritage University Advisor, (509) 865-8561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.