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.
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
Interested in receiving information on raising salmon in your classroom? Send us a message using the link below.
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.
With 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
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.
Science Communication 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.
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
For more information about Science Communication and Outreach at the Columbia River FWCO, including partnerships and community engagement, please contact Nicole Hams.