Elementary school students take turns looking at salmon eggs that have been mixed with milt from a male coho and water to start the fertilization process during an egg take demonstration Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Anchor River in Anchor Point, Alaska. Students from all over the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District participate in the Salmon in the Classroom program, which takes them through the life cycle of salmon. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Students learn about salmon through annual life cycle program

Sometimes it’s nice to go back to where it all begins. At least that’s what several lower Kenai Peninsula elementary school kids did last week when they attended a field trip in Anchor Point that brought them to the beginning of the salmon life cycle.

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Tim Blackman with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shows students from lower Kenai Peninsula schools the different parts of a coho salmon’s anatomy during an egg take event Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Anchor River in Anchor Point, Alaska. The egg take is the first event that kicks off the year-long Salmon in the Classroom program, in which students learn about the salmon life cycle while taking care of salmon fry. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Jenny Gates and Tim Blackman, with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, show students from lower Kenai Peninsula schools how to mix salmon eggs with salmon milt, or sperm, during an egg take demonstration Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Anchor River in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Top: Jenny Gates, a fisheries biologist with the Soldotna office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, demonstrates how salmon eggs are fertilized to a group of children from lower Kenai Peninsula Schools during an egg take event Thursday at the Anchor River in Anchor Point. The egg take is just the beginning of the Salmon in the Classroom program, in which students from all around the district take care of salmon and learn about their life cycle. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News) Above: Elementary school students take turns looking at salmon eggs that have been mixed with milt from a male coho and water to start the fertilization process during an egg take demonstration Thursday at the Anchor River in Anchor Point. Students from all over the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District participate in the Salmon in the Classroom program, which takes them through the life cycle of salmon. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)