The entire community is invited to celebrate the return of salmon to the Walla Walla River Basin on Saturday, May 18 during the annual Return to the River Salmon Festival.

The free community event will occur from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Walla Walla Community College campus near the WWCC ballfields on Tausick Way. Parking is available in the main WWCC campus lot. This event is co-hosted by the William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center at WWCC and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The day will feature many hands-on opportunities for families including interactive displays, obstacle courses, relay races, painting and drawing and water testing experiments. There will be 40 vendors on site, including WWCC’s Wine Country Culinary Institute food truck.

Lamprey and native fish species will be on display. The release of salmon fingerlings will occur at 12:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. with the assistance of staff from the Tri-State Steelheaders.

“This is a great opportunity for the people living in the valley to see and learn about the conservation work going on locally, especially related to the reintroduction of salmon to our Basin,” said Drew Trogstad-Isaacson, Interim Director of the Water & Environmental Center.

Those interested in volunteering at this event are invited to email: [email protected]. For more information contact the Water & Environmental Center at: 509-527-4250.

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