The family-oriented festival, now in its 11th year, is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. at Cadwell Park in Umatilla. It's free and is a great way for families to spend a few hours together doing something fun and educational at the same time.
New this year is a contest to design a practical, bear-resistant garbage container. The top three winners will each get $100 gift cards to Lowe's and be recognized on the FWC's Web site.
FWC biologists will give informative and entertaining programs about black bears and living in bear country. At 10:30 a.m., wildlife biologist Tom Shupe will discuss interactions between bears and people and how to ensure a positive and safe experience. At 12:30 p.m., wildlife biologist Andrea Boliek will give an exciting presentation about "the bear facts." Learn about different species of bear, and myth-versus-fact about the black bear.
And finally, at 2 p.m., join the FWC's bear management coordinator, David Telesco, for a talk about bear behavior and the science and techniques used to discover the secrets of a bear's life.