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VENTURA FWO: "Get In The Swim" Oxnard's 16th Annual Earth Day
Region 8, April 12, 2008
Ventura FWO employees Debbie Eidson and Jen Lechuga. (USFWS Photo by Steve Henry)
Ventura FWO employees Debbie Eidson and Jen Lechuga. (USFWS Photo by Steve Henry) - Photo Credit: n/a
Ventura FWO Employees Chad Mitcham and Mallory Eidson apply tattoos to the children at the festival. (USFWS Photo by Steve Henry)
Ventura FWO Employees Chad Mitcham and Mallory Eidson apply tattoos to the children at the festival. (USFWS Photo by Steve Henry) - Photo Credit: n/a

Mallory Eidson, Ventura FWO
On Saturday April 12, 2008 the Oxnard community came together to celebrate the 16th annual Earth Day in Oxnard’s Downtown Plaza Park.  Even the hot weather and strong winds could not deter the community from gathering in the park for the festivities.  This year’s theme was “Get in the Swim” and helped raise awareness about protecting the ocean and water quality.  This community event promoted environmental education and awareness in a fun and celebratory atmosphere.  All day there were performances and live music, food and children’s activities. Many non-profit agencies and community service organizations were also in attendance.

The Ventura Office of The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service participated in the event, and had the opportunity to inform the public about many of the issues that the Service is currently working on.  Ventura FWO employee, Jen Lechuga, was especially helpful at Earth Day and was able to reach out to the large Hispanic community at the event by speaking to the visitors in Spanish.

  Ventura FWO also had informational brochures and handouts, as well as coloring books, pencils and rulers for children.  By far, the biggest hit was the collection of endangered species temporary tattoos that office staff applied for the children.  It provided the perfect opportunity to reach out to children and talk to them about the nature that surrounds them. 

Earth day was a giant hit with thousands of visitors from all over Ventura County.  It was a great way to learn about what we can do to protect the Earth and have fun with the community at the same time.

Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov