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Education activities review: May 17 – 21

May 20, 2010

Marine science education programs

This week we provided Ocean Habitats and Coastal Habitats programs for 20 second graders from Soldotna. They managed to arrive just before the exhibit construction began and finished just before the loud drilling commenced. Timing was everything!

Carmen collaborated with staff from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies on Monday to deliver outdoor coastal ecology programming to 14 kindergarten through 4th grade Susan B. English School students in Seldovia for their annual SeaDays celebration. Prior to leading exploration of Outside Beach tidepools, Carmen provided the students with a lesson on invasive European Green Crabs and why community volunteers are helping the Research Reserve monitor for these. Tracie Merrill from Seldovia Village Tribe, who joined us for the morning, expressed a keen interest in assisting the Reserve with its green crab monitoring efforts this year.

Kids in Nature

Carmen, working with staff from ADF&G’s Wildlife Division, worked this week to fine-tune the Reserve’s Kids in Nature Parent/Caregiver Toolkit. The finished product, an instructional booklet & CD for community leaders in Alaska (and beyond via the Children & Nature Network and NERRS No Child Left Inside Working Group), should be ready for distribution by mid-summer.

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow afternoon and evening for an outdoor event of historic proportions – the planet’s 1st Mud Games at The Wallow in Cottonwood Horse Park. Toddlers play between 2 and 4pm; 5 – 18 year olds play between 3:30 and 6pm; and adults play between 6 and 8pm. A washing station & warming fire will be provided, along with pony rides and food sold by Kachemak Pony Club members.

Research reserve exhibits

Our exhibit fabrication team has been here all week, under the watchful eye of Catie. Modifications to pieces have been happening on a daily basis and things are starting to really take shape. Those of you attending next week’s KBRR Community Council meeting will have an opportunity to observe the changes firsthand.

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