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)


Winter 2022 SIC Teacher Workshop date - January 8, 22, and 29, 2022 (Registration is OPEN!)
(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


New Steelhead in the Classroom video


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  (for approved teacher applications)

EGG pick up dates are Wednesday: 

  • March 16 and April 13, 2022

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 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.