MHCC Partners with US Forest Service on 4th Annual Salmon Festival at Multnomah Falls

The fourth annual celebration of salmon and the environment will be held Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Multnomah Falls. This free event is sponsored by the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Geography department and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Displays and information will be geared to the entire family, especially children. MHCC instructors and students worked with the USFS to plan the festival. MHCC students will be involved in the basic operation of the event, educational displays and serve as salmon guides along the creek. Native American storyteller Ed Edmo will be on hand, as well as MHCC’s mascot, Barney.

Chris Gorsek, from MHCC’s Geography department, says, “While it is good for people to read about environmental issues such as water pollution and the plight of the salmon, seeing them in the wild makes a much bigger impact on an individual. It helps to create a connection between people and these magnificent creatures that is more likely to cause them to change their behaviors as they relate to environmental quality, in order to help the species survive.”

Gorsek says the Multnomah Falls site not only has excellent transportation connections and tourist services already in place, it also allows everyone to have easy access to the creek and views of spawning salmon.

For more information, please contact Gorsek at 503-491-7321 or at For information about classes offered at MHCC, visit Questions may also directed to Nicole LaGioia, USFS on-site manager at Multnomah Falls Visitor Center, 503-695-2372 or

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