Fall Quarter Begins…

Ellen helps children label the lifecycle of a salmon at the Bear Creek Salmon Festival.
Ellen helps children label the lifecycle of a salmon at the Bear Creek Salmon Festival.

This past week FINALLY marked the start of the fall quarter.  For most of us, that meant returning to Ashland and leaving behind our adventurous summer activities.  That also meant the return of the rest of the SOU community.  I was amazed to see so many people walking around campusMonday morning!  All summer, I had become used walking from my apartment to the library without crossing paths with a single person.

Starting classes also means the start of all the work that goes along with it!  This past weekend was a busy one for most of us!  Friday night was the First Friday Art Walk in Ashland.  The annual Bear Creek Salmon Festival at North Mountain Park in Ashland on Saturday.  That left Sunday for us to catch up on all of our work.

The Bear Creek Salmon Festival was a celebration of the return of the salmon to our local waterways.  Many local organizations had booths set up, most somewhat salmon related, to help educate visitors about the different kinds of environmental programs and opportunities to get involved with right here in the Rogue Valley!

Ellen and Leslie talking to kids about salmon.
Ellen and Leslie talking to kids about salmon.

Our cohort had set up a table for the Masters Program in Environmental Education.  We had a salmon life cycle activity that many children (and adults!) were quite interested in!  We were also promoting the use of our (MANY) educational science kits to local teachers to use in their classrooms!

On Sunday, a few of us went out to Emigrant Lake to do some bug catching for our Entomology class!  Catching bugs is not quite as easy as you would think!  And it definitely takes a ton of patience and practice!

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