Prineville, OR - On Thursday, May 23rd, Ochoco Creek Park will come alive with activity as the annual event ‘Fin, Fire, and Feather’ once again brings an opportunity for students to learn about the natural world around them.
Students in Crook County in grades 1-3, which includes those from public, private, and home-schools, are invited to participate in the event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. About 650 students are expected to take part.
Students will engage in interactive, hands-on activities at numerous stations, each aimed at teaching kids a different aspect of how natural processes work or learning about the plants, animals and fish that inhabit the forest and streams here in central Oregon. In a fun-filled environment, participants will learn about the salmon life cycle, stream ecology, wildlife habitat, wildfires, geology, weeds, and other aspects of the forest ecosystem. They will also learn forest safety skills, meet some live critters, and bring home a sparked interest and awareness of nature.
Volunteer students from the Crook County Middle School Leadership class will be involved in creating and assisting with the educational stations.
According to Joan Martin, Event Co-Coordinator and Fisheries Technician for the Ochoco National Forest, Fin, Fire and Feather provides knowledge and tools about conservation and safety that kids can use when they visit the forest with their families. It can also inspire and shape their futures. Martin remarked, “As a child I participated in an event similar to Fin, Fire and Feather, and it had a direct influence on choosing my career path.”
Fin, Fire and Feather is an educational outreach program of the Ochoco National Forest. Partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Parks, Crook County Parks and Recreation, Crook County School District, Crook County Soil and Water Conservation District, Crook County Search and Rescue, Crooked River Weed Management Area, Crooked River Watershed Council, Trout Unlimited, K.D. Payne, Central Oregon Fire Management Service, and the Ochoco and Deschutes National Forests.
For more information contact Joan Martin at 541-416-6402.