Sitka Conservation Society

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The Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) is a founding partner and coordinator of the Sitka “Fish to Schools” program. Our mission is to deepen youth understanding of local seafood resources by integrating locally-caught seafood into the school lunch program, introducing stream to plate curricula, and fostering a connection to the local fishing culture. SCS chose to engage in this project because local food was absent from school lunches, even though Sitka is the ninth largest seafood port in the United States. We believe that students should have access to this nutritious, local food that drives our local economy and represents the interconnectedness of our community. These local meals also require less dependency on feedlot meats and begin the foundation of a more resilient, regionally-adapted school lunch program.


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    National Food Day

    On October 24, all across the nation, people were participating in Food Day, a national celebration of affordable, healthy, and sustainable food. The Sitka Conservation Society joined with a Fish to Schools local coho salmon lunch at KGH, BMS, SHS, and PHS. SCS partnered with the Sitka School District’s Live Well Physical Activity and Nutrition [...]

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  • Stream to Plate

    Stream to Plate

    The “why” of Fish to Schools has had clear goals from the beginning: connecting students to their local food system, learning traditions, and understanding the impact of their food choices on the body, economy, and environment. The “how” has been a creative process. Serving locally is one component of the program, but equally important is [...]

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  • A Salmon Connection

    A Salmon Connection

    Can you teach economics to kids? I wasn’t sure. I’ve been scratching my head at how to convey such an advanced topic to third graders. So what if money stays here or goes there? A dollar is a dollar to a kid and they are going to spend it on the next trendy thing, right? [...]

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  • SCS & JVC Northwest: Rooted in the Same Values

    SCS & JVC Northwest: Rooted in the Same Values

    The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest has placed volunteers in various organizations all over Sitka for nearly two decades, focusing on issues of social and ecological justice. This year, I joined the Sitka Conservation Society team as their first Jesuit Volunteer (JV). Many of the core values of the JVC Northwest program align closely with [...]

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  • Students at Blatchley Love Local Fish Lunches

    Students at Blatchley Love Local Fish Lunches

    Over the last several weeks, Fish to Schools has been teaching 7th graders at Blatchley Middle School about salmon’s journey from the stream to our plates. The students learned about salmon management, gutting and filleting salmon, how local processors operate, how to smoke salmon, and more. After learning this process, the students had incredible things [...]

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  • A Video to Celebrate Fish to Schools!

    A Video to Celebrate Fish to Schools!

    Check out this great video prepared by our new JV Americorps, Courtney Bobsin, on the importance of Fish to Schools. We hope this inspires you to choose fish for lunch tomorrow, the first for the 2012-2013 school year! The script: “In Sitka we, as a community, have an outstanding opportunity to have a strong relationship [...]

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  • Meet the Staff

    Meet the Staff

    Click here to hear Natalia, Ray, and Courtney on Raven Radio’s Morning Interview Sitka Conservation Society staffers Natalia Povelite (Tongass salmon organizer), Ray Friedlander (Tongass forest organizer), and Courtney Bobsin (Jesuit Volunteer, Fish-to-Schools) discuss their respective projects, and why they chose to work in Sitka.

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  • Celebrating a Year of Fish to Schools

    Celebrating a Year of Fish to Schools

    The Sitka Conservation Society’s Fish to School Program has nearly completed its first full school year with raving reviews, community support, and strong partnerships. These local fish lunches are served as a hot lunch option through the school lunch program. Lunches are available to all students, totaling about 700 students with about half of those [...]

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  • Fish to Schools to be Honored at Benefit Dinner on Wednesday 4/25

    Fish to Schools to be Honored at Benefit Dinner on Wednesday 4/25

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  • How Does SCS “Develop Sustainable Communities” and Conserve the Tongass?  Here is how we try to do it with the Fish to Schools program

    How Does SCS “Develop Sustainable Communities” and Conserve the Tongass? Here is how we try to do it with the Fish to Schools program

    The Sitka Conservation Society strives to blend sustainable community development with policy advocacy through projects and initiatives that demonstrate our ideals while building community and community assets.  Along the way, we organize stakeholders to work together with a commonly shared vision.  The  ideal projects are those that bring people together working face-to-face/shoulder-to-shoulder to jointly and [...]

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