The City of Salem partnered
The City of Salem partnered with Travel Salem and The Salem Environmental Education is organizing a free environmental symposium on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Salem’s River Front Park.
The purpose of the symposium will be to highlight interesting environmental, agricultural and cultural aspects of the Willamette Valley to showcase Salem’s newest annual event, the Salem River 2 Ridge Relay race course.
Participants of the River 2 Ridge event, as well as the general public, can better appreciate the unique landscapes and enviroments this region of the northwest has to offer as contestants make their way from Salem’s Historic downtown Riverfront to Silver Falls State Park, Trail of Ten Falls.
The celebration will start at noon with the symposium presentation at 2:00 pm. The symposium consists of three 30 minutes presentations focusing on the environmental landscape and history of each section of the course.
Guest speaker Travis Williams, the Executive Director of Willamette Riverkeeper, will be giving a presentation titled “Our Willamette Greenways” which will discuss the Willamette Greenway Program with focuses on evaluating water quality, toxic pollution, healthy habitats and more.
Jim Bernau, Founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards will be sharing the remarkable story of the Willamette Valley’s origins, and the influence this brings to the quality, aroma, and flavor of Willamette Valley Wine. Titled “The Dirt on Oregon”.
Silver Falls State Park:
Interpretive Park Ranger Matt Palmquist will be educating members on the history of Silver Falls from both a geologic stand point as well as the human history of our amazing waterfalls. The presentation is titled “Layers of Time: The History of Silver Falls State Park”.
The event is free and open to the public.
(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm