As winter melts and spring blooms, Foster Creek CD gears up our educational outreach events with topics ranging from soil to water health with funding provided by the Washington Department of Ecology. In February and March, we hosted two adult education events at the Waterville Library. The first focused on how to apply sustainable agricultural principles in a suburban setting while the second involved discussions about the nitrogen cycle and groundwater.
As spring progressed, we moved our events outdoors to inspire younger generations to become stewards for our local natural resources. The advanced biology class at Bridgeport High School took a field trip to a local dryland farm for hands-on experience with soil sampling equipment to measure the soil’s pH, moisture, and compaction. Salmon-in-the-classroom tanks were hosted by these same students as well as Mansfield’s 5th and 6th graders. Both Bridgeport and Mansfield classrooms, with guidance from their teachers and Wells Dam Hatchery, did an excellent job rearing eggs into healthy Chinook fry, which they released into the Columbia River at the end of April.
In mid-April, Foster Creek CD attended Chief Joseph’s Earth Day in partnership with Okanogan Conservation District to provide lessons about sustainable water use and water rights for fourth graders. To top off this marathon of events, we organized the 2019 North Central Washington Envirothon at Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park. This event challenges upper-level high school students in five disciplines: soils and land use, aquatic ecology, wildlife, forestry, and a current issue, agriculture and the environment: knowledge and technology to feed the world. A big THANK YOU to all our volunteers! Congratulations to Bridgeport’s team ‘The Elites’ for taking first place! Good luck to all teams that will compete in Washington State Envirothon on May 22nd – 23rd in Carnation, Washington.
You can catch us throughout the year at various educational events, or get in touch with us if you would like us to host an event.