Saturday, May 20th
Thank you for helping us keep aviation history and education alive!
We enthusiastically invite you to join us as a volunteer, sponsor, or donor as we build on a successful legacy to create a sustainable future for the Pearson Field Education Center. By supporting PFEC, you signal your commitment to an engaged next generation and the vitality of our community.
If a child has a dream to reach for the sky, that dream may take flight at Pearson Field Education Center!
Fort Vancouver National Trust raises over $128,000 through the 2017 Let's Take Flight! campaign and fundraiser for Pearson Field Education Center
News Release from Fort Vancouver National Trust
The Fort Vancouver National Trust hosted over 200 attendees at a fundraiser for the Pearson Field Education Center on Saturday, May 20, to benefit aviation education for youth in our community. The Let's Take Flight! event and associated campaign raised over $128,000 from community members in support of the non-profit, aviation-based learning center.
Funds will be dedicated to the Pearson Field Education Center's STEM-based aviation education programs, which introduce students to potential careers in aviation. Proceeds support programs such as aviation summer camps and education resource fairs, open cockpit day events, school outreach programs, and free Open Saturdays at the Center.
The event's presenting sponsor was Columbia Credit Union. The Boeing Company was the supporting sponsor. The featured keynote speaker was Jerry McWithey, Director of Flight Operations at Insitu, Inc.
Pearson Field Education Center saw record-breaking attendance at another popular event in May, with Open Cockpit Day on Saturday, May 27. Over 600 people enjoyed a day of free aviation-related activities, and opportunities to climb into the cockpits of various aircraft. The Young Eagles Program of EAA Chapter 105 in Hillsboro provided free flights to 56 youth.
Pearson Field Education Center
Our Mission | Through aviation, we inspire youth to pursue education and careers in STEM fields, while instilling an appreciation for the people, events, and innovations of historic Pearson Field.