Wallowa County Fairgrounds, 668 NW 1st Street Last Friday in June www.wallowaresources.org
Watershed Festival, a wonderful outdoors event, provides an outstanding opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the many different organizations that serve Wallowa County in myriad ways. Each year, the festival gathers about three dozen local and regional organizations that set up booths with a variety of displays, interactive activities, and educational programs aimed at sharing knowledge about what they do and about the region’s wildlife, natural resources, people, and the local way of life in this idyllic mountain valley.
Watershed Festival Enterprise – USA Festivals Photo Gallery
Throughout the day, Wallowa Valley Music Alliance provides live music by local artists and local Future Farmers of America students prepare a variety of foods. Kids love this one-day event because they can engage in numerous hands-on activities, including a fun scavenger hunt in which they win prizes after collecting stickers and facts about Wallowa County.
Festival specifics vary annually to some extent, but programs often include the opportunity to build bluebird houses, which the builders can take home; fish for and tag rainbow trout courtesy of Nez
Watershed Festival in Enterprise features many hands-on activities for kids.
Perce Tribe Fisheries; learn how to identify animals by their tracks and scat; learn about trees and other plants; make paper; get a close-up, educational look at hawks, eagles, and owls in a live raptor exhibit; and try your hand at lumberjack games, and much more.
The festival, held on the last Friday in June, is free to attend and runs from 11 am to 4 pm. Plan to spend the day, especially if you bring kids.
Free lunch of hot dogs, chips, and fruit is provided by the event organizer, Wallowa Resources. Watershed Festival draws together a long list of sponsors, including local businesses, various nonprofits, and government agencies. Wallowa Resources is a local nonprofit whose mission is to implement innovative solutions that help the people of Wallowa County and the Intermountain West sustain and improve their communities and their lands by promoting watershed health, stabilizing and strengthening the natural-resource-based economy, and broadening community understanding of the ties between environmental health and community health of Wallowa County. Though a local celebration, the Watershed Festival embraces visitors, providing a unique and joyous, fun-filled event where people from near and far can learn why this remarkable corner of Oregon is so special.
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