ECO holds raffle to support local program

(Photos by ECO) Students attend an ECO field trip at Whittaker Creek in Lane County

$1,000 Burley bike attachment kit top prize

Aug. 19, 2019 — Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO), based in Portland and with operations in Lane County, is now in its second year of providing place-based education to students at Siuslaw and Mapleton elementary schools. This program takes over the field trip series that Jim Grano began as a teacher.

In September, ECO is having its annual fundraiser and there is a chance for people all across Oregon to participate through a raffle. 

On Sunday, Sept. 8, ECO is hosting the third annual Garden Party, its largest fundraising event of the year. It takes place in Portland, but funds raised will be used to support programming both in Portland metro area and in Lane County.

This year, ECO received a generous donation of a Burley bike trailer and jogger attachment kit worth over $1,000. ECO plans to raffle off the item to the public using social media platforms and live-stream the drawing at the event, so that ticket holders have a chance to win the prize even if they can’t attend the event in person. Raffle tickets are $5 each, $20 for five tickets, $50 for 15 tickets and $100 for 75 tickets.

“The raffle prize was donated by Burley, a Eugene-based company that designs high quality bike accessories,” said Amelia Remington, ECO’s Lane County and Coast Program Manager. “Burley’s mission is to ‘Enable Adventure.’ There will be a second-place prize of a pair of Keen shoes (a Portland-based shoe company).” 

Raffle tickets are on sale until 5 p.m. on Sept. 6. Winners will be announced at the Garden Party on Sept.8th. To watch the raffle drawing live, follow and tune in to @ecology4kids on Instagram or on

“We are so looking forward to continuing and expanding opportunities for local students and have received wonderful support from the schools, parents and partners,” Remington said about working with Siuslaw and Mapleton. “We would love to give the community another chance to show their support for the programs, and perhaps win a really cool prize.”

Tickets for the Garden Party are also still available for purchase. The community is invited to join ECO in Portland for a night of celebrating, learning about and supporting ECO.

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