By Wendy Dew
The absolute best part of my job is getting out and talking to the public about EPA and what we do. This past weekend I attended the Pine Valley Ranch River Festival in Pine, Colorado. Over 400 folks showed up to tour the various booths and exhibits set up along the river. Everyone was given a “passport” that had a map and a stamp box for each educational exhibit visited. I was amazed how excited both the adults and the kids were about getting all the stamps from the booths. Some folks had their own “passport” books they asked me to stamp. In each book, there were stamps from events like these, visits to parks, visitor centers, etc. It really made me think about how much of the world these folks have seen and what a great way to capture the memories.
Here in Region 8 we have participated in 75 such events this year so far. Last year, we reached out to almost 800,000 citizens at events. We have a Regional Ambassadors Program in Region 8 that allows EPA volunteers the opportunity to pick and choose different events to attend. In my opinion, this is some of the most important work we do at EPA. Getting out and talking to our citizens is the best way for us to connect with people, answer their questions and discuss local issues. I encourage all EPA employees to partake of events like these. And for those of you who are out there with your stamp books, I am envious of all the amazing sites you are seeing and all that you are learning!
About the author: Wendy Dew has been with EPA for 13 years and is the Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator for Region 8.
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