Get ready for Small Fry activities at Salmon Jam

Swim on up to Small Fry!

Olivia Kelly, her daughter Evelyn, 3, and Evelyn’s cousin, Seamus Wiese, 3, watch as Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Fish and Wildlife Tech Casey Smyke demonstrates how to sample and age salmon scales during the Small Fry activities on Mt. Eyak. Photo by Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson/The Cordova Times

Small Fry is back and ready to engage our littlest festivalgoers and the young at heart. If you are looking for family fun during Salmon Jam, head on up to the Ski Hill. Ski Hill will overflow with fun, creative and educational activities for everyone to enjoy from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

Create a work of art at the Prince William Sound Science Center’s fish printing station, where you can learn about local marine critters while exploring your artistic side. While you wait for your print to dry you can explore the library’s storybook forest, watch Cordova District Fishermen United’s filet demonstration, challenge yourself in Cordova Fire Department’s safety obstacle course, sample smoked fish, or play carnival games with Cordova Community Medical Center.

If that’s not enough you can search for more fun with the U.S. Forest Service’s scavenger hunt and participate in a mock archeology dig. Race the Wave with Homeland Security’s earthquake simulator will also be onsite all weekend.

Don’t forget to visit the Artisan Market, happening simultaneously, to purchase local artists’ work. If you get hungry you can enjoy Witch Kitchen’s food truck or visit some booth’s offering a “Taste of Cordova” with delectable local cuisine.

Salmon Jam is the highlight of our year with Small Fry bringing that festival excitement into the hearts of our youngest Cordovans. Don’t miss this favorite family event. Come on up to the Ski Hill to learn, create, and play!

Small Fry activities are included in Salmon Jam admission.


Lauren Bien is the education director for Prince William Sound Science Center.


  • WHAT: Salmon Jam’s fun, educational afternoon
  • TIME: 3-5 p.m.
  • DATE: Saturday, July 16
  • WHERE: Ski Hill
  • Presented by Prince William Sound Science Center with support from the Copper River Watershed Project, U.S. Forest Service, and the Copper River Salmon Jam Festival