About the Science Communication and Outreach Program 

 The Outreach Program has the primary responsibility of coordinating the information and education activities for CRFWCO. We seek to  improve public awareness and promote informed decision-making about the role each of us plays in our natural environment through education, information and empowerment. We recognize the value and need for public support and participation for the success of our programs and we are committed to working with the public as a partner. Outreach and education projects include presenting at area schools and environmental fairs and participating in various events that showcase our office’s projects and feature local environmental organizations with a special emphasis toward hands-on activities for children.


Salmon in the Classroom 

Salmon in the Classroom (SiC) is an interactive, participatory program that teaches students about Salmon life cycle, habitat and conservation.


2022 Program 

Resources and Activities

Pacific Salmon and Steelhead Coloring Book: Learn about salmon and steelheads in the Pacific Northwest

Chinook Salmon Factsheet and Activities: Fun facts about Chinook salmon and general fish anatomy

Get Involved

Interested in receiving information on raising salmon in your classroom? Send us a message using the link below.

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Science of the Service 

Science of the Service is an annual event that gives Service staff in the Columbia Pacific Northwest and Pacific Islands Regions the opportunity to share and learn about science being conducted and applied in the region. The setup of the event is similar to that of a scientific conference including a keynote speaker, presentations and a poster session. The event is a cross-programmatic effort, staffed and funded over the years by Science Applications, Ecological Services, Fish & Aquatic Conservation, National Wildlife Refuges, and Migratory Birds programs.

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Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.

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as a pillar of focus for the Department of Interior and the Service’s renewed commitment to addressing climate change through the Climate Change Action Program, the Science of the Service planning committee decided that reducing the Science of the Service event’s carbon emissions needed to be a top priority. Because of this, the team is excited to announce it will be moving forward with planning a virtual event for 2022.

2021 Presentation Recordings and Program 

2020 Presentation Recordings and Program

Get Involved

Would you like to attend Science of the Service, or are you a student in Oregon, Washington, Idaho or the Pacific Islands and interested in presenting your research at our annual conference? As of 2021, Science of the Service is open to students! Use the link below to send us a request for more information. 

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Science Communication Resources

Web Resources

Speaking of Science - Stepping Out of the Stereotype: Columbia River FWCO Project Leader, Dr. Janine Castro, provides public speaking tips and common pitfalls associated with sharing scientific information.

Speaking of Science - A Checklist: Tips for preparing and delivering scientific talks and using visual aids 

What to Do with Your Hands When Speaking in Public: An article published in the Washington Post that provides guidance about the right hand gestures to use to reinforce your verbal message. 

Federal plain language guidelines: Guidance for clearly communicating with your audience. 

Illustrative Resources

BioRender: Create beautiful, professional science figures in minutes - no drawing skills required. 

Canva: Graphic design platform for creating visual content.

Communities of Practice 

Science Talk: A professional society for science communication

Toastmasters: Learn public speaking and leadership skill through a worldwide network of clubs


Contact Information 

For more information about Science Communication and Outreach at the Columbia River FWCO, including partnerships and community engagement, please contact Nicole Hams.