Learning Resources

Free the Snake

Snake River Salmon have been trucked, put on barges, diverted up fish ladders — all in the hope that enough would bypass the four dams standing in their way to reach their historic habitat, and ensure their future existence.. But it’s not working. The time has come to breach the dams and reconnect wild salmon to this important watershed. Learn more


This film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation¹s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Artifishal Film

Artifishal is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.

Hat Creek

The history of Hat Creek's Wild Trout Waters is very much entwined with the history and people of CalTrout. With historic, never-before-seen footage of the Wild Trout Water ceremony the film takes you on a journey through the rise, then decline, then rise again of this iconic fishery. Filmmaker Mike Wier weaves stories of the history, restoration and people of Hat Creek to demonstrate why it's such a remarkable and special place.

Chuitna - More Than Salmon On The Line

The Chuitna River in Alaska is home to all five species of wild Alaskan salmon. It stands as one of the last truly free, truly wild rivers in the United States, and in the world. PacRim Coal has proposed to turn this river into the largest coal strip mine in Alaska. Impacts to the watershed, surrounding ecosystem, and the people that depend upon these resources would be severe. The Tyonek, a Dena’ina Athabascan people who rely upon subsistence hunting and fishing for both physical and cultural survival, have taken a stand against the proposal. Terry Jorgenson, a commercial fisherman, and Larry and Judy Heilman, local homesteaders, have joined in the struggle to protect their homes and livelihoods. Watch the film, share widely, and take action by texting “SALMON” to 313131. You’ll be notified when the time comes to speak up to save the Chuitna.

SOS II: Fish in Hot Water

California's native fish are in hot water. We've already lost one species - the Bull trout, last seen on the McCloud River in 1975. It's gone, forever. No bull.


CalTrout’s Top 5 California DAMS OUT Report highlights five dams that are ripe for removal and that must, for the health of the ecosystem and communities around them, come out. Visit.