This year, the annual Oregon Science Teacher Association conference was held at the high school in Colton, Oregon. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosted a booth at the event for the first time in an effort to promote the educational programs and materials available at our different refuges as well as from the CRFPO.
This event usually draws around 400 teachers from all over Oregon so we knew we would have a good chance of reaching many of them. Exhibitors such as us were told to expect at least 100 teachers at any time in the exhibition hall and even more during lunch. Well, that is exactly what happened.
Aside from showcasing our programs, loads of 'goodies' such as bookmarks, posters, pins, pencils, and pens were available for the teachers. And just to make it easier for the our visitors to remember us, a concise leaflet featuring these programs and other materials was given to each teacher for future reference and contact information. With such a captive audience of science teachers, this event proved to be a worthwhile experience in outreach and education.
Submitted by Donna Allard