PRINEVILLE, OR -- Ochoco National Forest is introducing key conservation and nature concepts to over 650 Crook County area students at an event today.
It's through a "Fin, Fire and Feather" annual event. Patrick Lair with the Ochoco National Forest says it is designed for younger elementary school students. "It's open to any first through third grader in Crook County," Lair says. "Even private school students or homeschoolers. They are all welcome to come out."
The event takes place at Ochoco Creek Park in Prineville, where experts from across the science disciplines will teach students about native plants, animals and fish. The Crooked River Watershed Council, Crook County Judge Mike McCabe and other local leaders will also participate.
Lair says their hope is to get students more excited about spending time outside, instead of spending the majority of their time on the internet. "There is an idea in the conservation education movement to get kids interested in being outdoors, unplugging from those devices, going outside and really enjoying the natural world around them," Lair says. "And they can get fit in the process."
The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.