John McMillan

Salmon School

Salmon School

Want to learn more about wild salmon? Check out all our salmon educational materials, including illustrations, coloring book pages, quizzes, fun facts and games.

Color me salmon

Color this guy as many colors as you want – go wild! Download the pdf here or click on the picture below. If you like, send us a picture of your work of art and we’ll share it on our salmon art wall.

Check out the whole collection of salmonidae family tree illustrations from Guido Rahr: Pacific salmon, Pacific trout, brown trout, char, and the mighty salmon-eating beast – taimen. In addition to being Wild Salmon Center’s president, Guido is also quite the artist (and a mighty fine fly tier). 

For additional coloring pages, check out the illustrations from Alaska’s Salmon Sisters and the Confluence Collective pages below. Not all of them are of salmon, but they were just so darn beautiful we couldn’t help ourselves. Simply right click on the one you want and save it to your computer to print.

Get inspired with this salmon-themed Russian alphabet primer (download pdf). No Russian skills required to enjoy great art, and you might even be able to guess a few or the English words if you’re lucky.  But watch out, those Cyrillic letters can be tricky!

See if you can find the following: salmon, Oncorhynchus, pink salmon, sockeye salmon, chum salmon, taimen, kype/hook, protected area, driftnet, poacing, seal, life cycle, roe, nest, embryo/egg, alevin, smolt, juvenile, range, migration, homing, factory, ornament. Find all the answers and the story of how the primer was made here.

Salmon Fun Facts

Test your salmon IQ with our true and false quiz (download pdf).

What will I look like when I grow up? See if you can match the juvenile salmon in column one with its adult sea-run and spawning versions (download pdf). Get some help from our Pacific salmon species pages.

Learn more about the salmon life cycle (download pdf) and Pacific salmon species history, range and abundance.

Interactive Games

Salmon Challenge: Keep your salmon alive! Guide your salmon upstream to spawn and help them make important decisions and avoid dangerous obstacles along the way. In Salmon Challenges you can choose from a sockeye, Chinook or steelhead and see how many survive the journey. Thanks to the Smithsonian for creating this super fun and informative online game!

Created by the Smithsonian National Museum of the Native American

Have an idea for a fun salmon game? Send them our way! Email us at info at