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)

Returning  Steelhead teachers:

 2024 egg pick up dates are February 21st and April 3rd

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

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

 CDFW teacher sign up webpage link - 772 form PDF is on this page

 To be safe put the release site as Russian River trib.

New Steelhead in the Classroom video

Steelhead in the Classroom Live!  

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


Curriculum for teachers! Tools to help you teach (LINK)


 Salmon Life Cycle video focused on the Russian River Watershed

Aquarium Setup Instructions

Winter 2023 SIC Teacher Workshop dates - Registration is closed for 2023 look for next years teacher workshops in August of 2023

A 9-minute video providing an overview of the program. While the video focuses on Marin County, the overall process is the same for most teachers in the greater SF Bay Area.

A collection of new digital resources designed to help teachers hatching fish in their classroom.

A collection of digital and analog resources for teachers hatching fish in their classrooms.

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

CDFW resources for the CAEP program:

Additional SIC classroom resources:

Questions? Please contact David Berman at or call 707-521-6201.