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Crooked River and Barnes Butte Elementary School students spend the morning participating in the annual Fin, Fire and Feather event

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 - Crooked River second-graders in Laura Graydon's class participate in the Costume Parade.

Local students, grades 1-3, spent part of their school day Wednesday at the annual Fin, Fire and Feather event, hosted by Ochoco National Forest with help of numerous partners.

The event, which has taken place at Ochoco Creek Park for more than 20 years, includes numerous stations where students learn about aquatic and terrestrial species and their habitats, and the roles that fire and people play in shaping and conserving their habitats.

Presentations were provided by Ochoco National Forest, Crook County Parks and Recreation, Crooked River Watershed Council, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Crook County Search and Rescue.

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 - Third-graders in Cheryl Martucci's Barnes Butte Elementary class enjoy the Salmon Life Cycle station. Anna Schalock hurries through a jumprope, signifying a salmon's journey from the river to the ocean.

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 - Barnes Butte Elementary first-graders in Jessica DuMoulin's class color ocean rocks at the Tell Me a Story station. Pictured left to right are Jolisa Mendoza, Desiree Lopez and Juan Zarate.

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 - MacKenzie Ortiz (left) and Savannah Rhoden, first-graders in Janelle Deedon's Barnes Butte Elementary class, enjoy a Good Fire, Bad Fire station relay race.