Mt. Hood Community College Partners with Forest Service to Hold Salmon Festival
Planning is underway for the second annual Salmon Festival, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Multnomah Falls. The event is sponsored by the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) geography department and the U.S. Forest Service.
“This is a fun day for people of all ages,” says Chris Gorsek, MHCC geography instructor. “It’s a great way for people to connect with the environment. You can read about endangered species and the importance of preserving ecosystems, but it’s awe inspiring when you can observe salmon in their natural habitat.”
Gorsek says a number of fish spawn in Multnomah Creek and a beaver is sometimes seen in the vicinity.
MHCC students, employees and Forest Service guides will be positioned along Multnomah Creek to answer questions about salmon spawning in the stream. An exhibit located inside the Visitors Center will provide additional information. A number of activities are planned to capture kids’ interest in the environment, such as coloring and painting salmon themes on a free T-shirt.
“The creek is accessible to people of any age or physical condition and is the ideal location to view these magnificent fish,” says Gorsek. A gift shop, restaurant and restroom are located on site.
A number of organizations will be on hand to distribute information about fish and environmental issues.
For more information about the MHCC Salmon Festival, contact Gorsek at 503-491-7321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the MHCC Fisheries Technology Program, visit www.mhcc.edu.