Steelhead in the Classroom

Welcome to Sonoma Water's Steelhead in the Classroom (SIC) sponsor website!

Sonoma Water sponsors local schools for the Steelhead in the Classroom Program that fall within the Russian River watershed and Sonoma Water's service area.

This program is officially called the Classroom Aquarium Education Program (CAEP) and is run by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

Co-sponsors include: Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited (RETU), Russian River Fly Fisherman (RRFF), Russian River Wild Steelhead Society (RRWSS), and Golden West Women Flyfishers (GGWF)


Fall 2021 SIC Teacher Workshop date TBD 
(this workshop qualifies teachers to apply for a permit to receive steelhead eggs in the spring of 2022)

For more information on teacher workshops in the Bay Area, please follow the CDFW Bay Area Trout in the Classroom Blog


Steelhead in the Classroom Live!  

Watch steelhead eggs develop and hatch into fry with our remote aquarium!


Salmon Life Cycle video focused on the Russian River Watershed


Aquarium Setup Instructions


Egg Pick Up 2022 TBD (for approved teacher applications)

EGG pick up dates are Wednesday: 

  • TBD

Eggs can be picked up upon request at the Sonoma County Water Agency main office after 10 am - 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa

You can also pick up your eggs at the warm Springs Hatchery

*Please note, if you plan to pick up your eggs from Sonoma Water's main office (404 Aviation Blvd. in Santa Rosa), let both Toni and Ellen know when you contact them. Pick up at Sonoma Water will be between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on designated pick up days.


CDFW resources for the CAEP program:

Additional SIC classroom resources:


Questions? Please contact David Berman at David.Berman@scwa.ca.gov or call 707-521-6201.