More than 150 Forest Service employees and their families attended the first USDA Family Day on Saturday, June 24th at the USDA Agriculture Research Center George Washington Carver Center in Beltsville, MD. The Forest Service tents attracted a lot of attention due to the sumptuous spread that included BBQ brisket, chicken, baked beans, fresh summer salads, iced tea and more, revealing one of the agency’s best kept secrets: we sure know how to host a potluck. Visitors to the Forest Service tents had the chance to meet Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl and learn about wildfire safety and conservation.
The event was a huge success with 1200 USDA employees in attendance. Each agency hosted tents with food for their employees and educational engagement for adults and kids alike. Chief Tidwell and Acting Associate Chief Beth Pendleton mingled with employees as they relaxed and chatted in the shade on this steamy Saturday. Secretary Perdue stopped by the Forest Service tents to thank folks for coming out. All attendees also had an opportunity to meet and take pictures with Secretary Perdue. Picnickers played horse shoes, corn hole, and volleyball, jumped in the moon bounce and overall enjoyed the opportunity to visit with colleagues and their families.