Virtual Tour Overview

Grades: K-7th 
Time: 15 minutes
Adult Support Needed? No

Steelhead trout are unique fish that spend part of their life in the San Lorenzo River and part of their life in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Get to know steelhead trout and their habitat in the San Lorenzo River by joining Educators Mollie Behn and Sam Adelson on this interactive virtual tour.

Supports Next Generation Science Standards:

  • K-ESS3-1: Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • 3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
  • 3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.


​Materials Needed:

  • Blank paper
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils, crayons or pens

Additional Activities Related to Steelhead Trout:

  • Activity: Save Water, Save Fish: We all live in a watershed and we all need water to live and grow. Explore how both steelhead trout and humans depend on water and how humans can help save water to protect steelhead trout. You will build a model, watch a Coastal Watershed Council guided virtual tour of the San Lorenzo River, and then create a poster to help teach people to save water.
  • Activity: Become a Steelhead Trout Expert: You will get to know steelhead trout, their life cycle and their river habitat by watching videos, reading and making observations. Then you will apply your new knowledge and take action by creating a poster to share a steelhead life stage and a few interesting fish facts with your family or class.
  • More coming soon!
Thank you to the City of Santa CruzCity of CapitolaSanta Cruz County and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for supporting the Coastal Watershed Council’s Watershed Rangers environmental education program.

To all of the Watershed Rangers students, teachers and program partners, although we will not be able to see you in classrooms, field trips and after school programs right now, we hope to provide you and your loved ones with online resources and activities during this time. We know that parents, teacher and lifelong learners are seeking ways to stay engaged and active, and we’re going to be working to bring activities to you through the Coastal Watershed Council blog. Please share these resources and activities with friends, neighbors and parents groups and stay tuned for more.

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