Run4Salmon Curriculum



Follow along as the journey moves downstream!


Dear Educators,

The Winnemem Wintu Tribe and the Sacred Land Film Project are pleased to offer you this lesson guide for the Run4Salmon, tailored to a 4th grade learning level.

From 2016 to 2019, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of northern California and concerned people from around the world, followed the upstream migration course of native Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon as part of a two-week ceremony. From the shores of San Francisco Bay up the Sacramento River valley to the waters of the McCloud River south of Buliyum Puyuuk (Mt. Shasta), participants walked, ran, bicycled, paddled canoes and rode horses along 300 miles of waterways where the endangered fish historically have returned to spawn after years at sea.

After a one year pause in 2020 caused by COVID-19, the ceremony will begin again “in reverse” in 2021, from the McCloud River to the ocean.

This Run4Salmon 4th Grade Curriculum was designed to give teachers tools to follow the progress of the event. During the Run, participants—including teachers—post daily updates and stories, appropriate for classroom viewing, on social media sites. Interaction of students with Run participants can be arranged through the Run4Salmon Facebook Page. However, the curriculum can also stand on its own, as the interdisciplinary lessons cover past and present-day indigenous efforts to preserve and restore land, rivers, culture and salmon. These lessons can be taught in succession or incorporated into social studies and science units throughout the year.

Please note that a high school level lesson plan is available separately as a free PDF download. This Teacher’s Guide was developed by the Sacred Land Film Project for our film on the Winnemem Wintu in the Standing on Sacred Ground series.

We hope you and your students will enjoy following the Run4Salmon and will use these resources to enrich your classroom lessons.

Above: Run4Salmon PowerPoint prepared for educators (Apr. 2020): Click on the gear icon to open speaker’s notes.
The slideshow can also be downloaded as a PDF (16mb, no speakers notes), or viewed in Google Slides.