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Education activities review: July 19 – 24

July 26, 2010

Summer public education

This week’s Marine Mammals of Alaska Discovery Labs (3) were well-attended – 421 visitors joined us for an exploration of local whales, sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters, plus marine mammals typically found north of Kachemak Bay like northern fur seals, polar bears and walruses. About 30 youth and instructors from around the state attending the Ageya Wilderness Camp in Homer came to today’s busy lab. If you missed this week’s labs, we’ll be repeating this Marine Mammals of Alaska Discovery Lab on Wednesday, October 6th.

Note related to this week’s labs: You can download an updated checklist (1 MB pdf file) of all mammals (terrestrial and marine) known to have been found at least once in our region. You may also stop by the visitor center to pick up a hard copy of this checklist.

A special thanks goes to Pratt Museum staff and interns – Ryjil, Emily, Jason, Maggie, and Jeanne – who brought their enthusiasm for marine mammals and fascinating Museum collection specimens to our lab. Marine Mammal Stranding Network volunteers, AK Maritime NWR staff, and Lake Clark National Park staff also participated and contributed greatly to this week’s labs. We invite you to visit Islands & Ocean next week for Our Changing Climate Discovery Labs.

Thirty-four visitors enjoyed this week’s Estuary Hikes with Charlayna, Jessica, and Carmen.

On Tuesday Jessica led a special Estuary Hike for 30 Elderhostel passengers visiting Homer on Holland America’s M/V Amsterdam.

Friday’s Beach Walk was attended by 29 visitors from all over the United States, as well as Australia.

K – 12 education

This week Carmen provided a Watershed Discovery Lab, Estuary Hike, and discussion on marine science careers for 16 high school campers from Anchorage and remote Alaskan communities (including Nanwalek) taking part in Ageya Wilderness Camp in Homer.

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