Nature has a home at the Oregon State Fair.
Our Natural Resources area is hard to miss:
just look for the towering evergreen trees.
Probably one of the most peaceful places at the Oregon State Fair is our Natural Resources Area, on the west side of the Historic Horse Stadium. But don’t let the pleasant shade and easy mood of this natural oasis fool you, because there’s a lot going on here. Because this is where the our friends from a variety of agencies step up to tell important stories about the work the do for all Oregonians. Of course we’re talking about the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Parks, Oregon Fish & Wildlife and the Keep Oregon Green Association.
Smokey Bear is 75 years old this year. Come say hello!
Hats off to Smokey Bear, who celebrates 75 years of service in the name of wildfire prevention. Did you know that more than 70% of Oregon wildfires are caused by us humans? Smokey knows, and he wants everyone to know that most of these fires are preventable. He’ll be hanging out in the Keep Oregon Green booth, where you can learn more about wildfire prevention.
Free water testing, courtesy of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
The first 100 water samples brought to the ODA table in the Natural Resources Area on August 27 – 29 will be tested for free—looking for coliforms and generic E. coli. Tests will be conducted by lab at Oregon State University run by Dr. Waite-Cusic, and then emailed to you.
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has something you’ll want to see. Or maybe feel.
On the first weekend of the ODFW will have a fascinating shell fish touch tank on hand, which the kids could find irresistible. And for those interested in dramatic birds of prey, there will be live birds on both weekends.