Salmon are one of California’s most iconic species. The lessons provided here span issues of salmonid life cycle, physiology, ecologic needs, watershed issues and management practices. Some lessons meld the arts and humanities with sciences for an interdisciplinary approach to learning. A unique lesson reinforces student learning in the field of genetics with active learning about the role of fish hatcheries in maintaining genetic diversity. Whether in their own backyards, urban greenbelts, or remote areas from Sierra ridgetops to ocean seafloors, this curriculum can help make the connections between our actions and the health of ecosystems, and therefore provide California a future of unmatched biodiversity.