Kids learn about everything from goat packing to astronomy

Kids of all ages turned out Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20, for the 2005 Tree Day and Family Adventure Day at Happy Valley Tree Farm on Ballinger Scale Road between Sweet Home and Lebanon.

The event included 20 Adventure Day activities on Friday, ranging from archery lessons, to learning how to pack and lead a goat, to making and applying dyes made from berries, bark and roots.

?We emphasized history this year,? said Fay Sallee, co-organizer of the event with Mary May of the Oregon State University Extension Service. ?The classes were centered around that subject.?

The event was held at the tree farm owned by Bert and Betty Udell, Sallee?s parents.

Carol Cree, from Weyerhaeuser Corp., gave presentations on forest life and showed videos of old-time logging practices in Oregon. Rita Meeker, a longtime local resident, gave tours of the Ballinger Pioneer Cemetery , located on the edge of the tree farm.

Participants also had the chance to learn to make old-fashioned toys in the ?Toys Before Playstation? class on Saturday.

Other popular attractions were a firefighting demonstration by the Oregon Department of Forestry fire crew from Sweet Home and a water drop from a Weyerhaeuser helicopter, Sallee said.

She said the paper airplane class and musket re-enactment were also very popular.

The Saturday adventures included hiking along Albany Fitwalkers trails ? a 10K and a 5K, orienteering, juggling, learning about hieroglyphs, and various presentations on forest and plant life.

Sallee estimated that between 150 and 200 people attended.

?I don?t know how many people went out on the walks,? she said.

?I could only count the ones who took classes. I think it turned out just fine.?