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Education activities review: April 5-9

April 9, 2010

Public events

Jessica and Carmen assisted with activities at the Youth Fishing Fair last Saturday. About 100 kids plus their parents, grandparents and adult friends attended this annual event at Homer Middle School. Especially popular was the salmon anatomy puzzle, salmon ID station (with real mounted fish), fish print t-shirts, casting competition, and fly tying.

KBRR Exhibits

Installation of the Research Reserve’s exhibits has been set for May 18 – June 1, 2010…those shapes made of masking tape on the floor in our hallway will at last transform into wonderful, interpretive pieces that the public will enjoy and learn from for years to come. Access to our hallway and associated classrooms will be restricted during this period.

Summer Discovery Labs

Here is our summer 2010 Discovery Lab schedule. Join us and bring your friends and families. And if you know of someone who would like to volunteer at this summer’s labs, please let Catie or Carmen know.

Summer 2010 Discovery Labs at the Research Reserve
June 23 – August 14
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Wednesday / Friday / Saturday

June 23 – 26        Kachemak Bay Fish & Fishing
June 30 – July 3        Aquatic Invaders
July    7 – 10        Alaska Crabs
July 14 – 17        Watersheds: Where We Live
July 21 – 24        Alaska’s Marine Mammals
July 28 – 31        Our Changing Climate
Aug 4 – 7            Tides: Our Ocean Coming & Going
August 11 – 14        Kachemak Bay Estuary – Salt Marshes

Marine science education programs

We hosted 18 students from Homer today for a Marine Invertebrate / Crab Lab program in our lab classroom. And for the 1st time ever we had a live birth of baby crabs at one of the student scientist group’s stations – many carapace/fuzzy crab zoea were released by their mother upon being put into her dish of salt water. We put some of the larvae under a dissecting scope and watched them swim around – it was fantastic!

Yesterday Carmen provided a Plankton and Harmful Algal Bloom training for 7 volunteers and staff from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Their environmental education (EE) season begins over at Peterson Bay Field Station and Kasitsna Bay Lab next week

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