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STOCKTON FWO: California State Fair 2012
California-Nevada Offices , July 12, 2012
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Visitors to the California State Fair enjoying the butterfly mask.
Visitors to the California State Fair enjoying the butterfly mask. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Fish hat created by a visitor to the California State Fair.
Fish hat created by a visitor to the California State Fair. - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Jerrica Lewis, Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office

The Discovery Island exhibit at the California State Fair was a huge success this year, with new activities and old activities with a twist. The sturgeon and trout hats were popular additions to the butterfly and raptor coloring masks from previous years. The temporary tattoos were again a favorite activity this year at Discovery Island. With new designs and some popular older designs, the tattoos were in high demand!

All of these activities were presented to support the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative acknowledging that conservation solutions should come from the American people. In addition, the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office had the opportunity to partner with other agencies, including the Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, and the California Department of Boating and Waterways, to encourage the youth of California to enjoy outdoor activities. With the help of volunteers from each of these agencies, our message was portrayed through fun and educational activities.

Part of the benefit of combining agencies for such an event is the creation of an interagency planning committee. The Stockton FWO provided pictures, assisted with creating new activities, and developing the outreach message about America’s Great Outdoors. Volunteers engaged in conversations about their individual offices and careers within natural resource agencies. Importantly, staff talked with the public and other volunteers about our goals and objectives concerning the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Educating and witnessing the joy of the public as they walked away from the Discovery Island made the 2012 State Fair a tremendous success and an event to look forward to next year.


Contact Info: Joseph Kirsch, 209-334-2968 ext. 309, joseph_kirsch@fws.gov



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