And the Season Begins- Siuslaw National Forest

Hello there everyone! I hope all has been well. On my end, I have been given the chance to participate in a lot of new and exciting educational opportunities. Since my initial training I have met several individuals, all representing different agencies and organizations. It is fascinating to see so many people coming together for the main purpose of caring for the Pacific Northwest, and all it has to offer. Specifically, the Oregon coast.

 

Earlier this week, I attended the Rocky Shores Resource Workshop at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, where I learned about interpretation skill development and species in our area including: whales, pinnipeds, seabirds, otters, and other marine creatures. During my time there, I also got to explore the tidepools at Cobble Beach and learn about rock formations and the mysterious items pulled into shore during a low tide. This time, I got to see a seal for the first time while it sunbathed on the rocks!

I have gotten the chance to be a part of some educational outreach programs for kids at Outdoor School and Mary’s Peak. We showcased some skins and skulls for the students to guess and led a scavenger hunt hike for them to learn about native plants and animals.

 

My crew and I also got to table at the Get Outdoors Day event and World Oceans Day at Peavy Arboretum and The Oregon Coast Aquarium. We talked to visitors about endangered species like the Marbled Murrelet and Coho Salmon which reside in our park. We emphasized the importance of the ocean and forest connection which play a major role to the survival and life cycles of these animals. It was so much fun getting out there and talking to people about how they can also contribute as a positive impact while on hikes and camping trips.

With that being said, I want to express how lucky I’ve been to learn loads of new information through several event days, fieldwork opportunities, and trainings. I am especially thankful for all the people who have taken their time to guide me through this experience and share a bit of their knowledge.

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