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Education activities review: July 26 – 31

July 31, 2010

Summer public education

This week’s Our Changing Climate Discovery Labs (3) were attended by 197 visitors. We enjoyed many engaging conversations about climate change with local and visiting people of all ages. If you missed this week’s labs, we’ll be repeating this Our Changing Climate Discovery Lab on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011.

Both this and last week’s labs were sponsored by the National Park Service through a new grant supporting our Discovery Lab education programming.

A special thanks goes to staff and volunteers from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, US Fish & Wildlife Service YCC interns, and Lake Clark National Park for joining us this week. We invite you to visit Islands & Ocean next week for Kachemak Bay – Driven by Tides Discovery Labs.

22 visitors enjoyed this week’s Estuary Hikes with Charlayna, Jessica, and Carmen.

35 visitors from all over the U.S joined Carmen for a Beach Walk on Friday.

Upcoming public events

You are invited to the Research Reserve’s New Exhibit Open House at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center next Friday, August 6th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Celebrate and tour our recently installed exhibits and view our new Kachemak Bay movie. The lobby and Reserve hallway within the visitor center now feature a real-time tidal column, kiosk learning centers, and an interactive journey along the Research Reserve’s shoreline, through a salt marsh, and up toward the Bay’s headwater streams and glaciers. Children can sit in the exhibit kayak, find hidden habitat doors, and explore an octopus cave. Families welcome!

Next Saturday, August 7th is ADF&G’s 2nd Youth Fishing Day of the summer (the 3rd and last Youth Fishing Day happens Saturday, August 21st) at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit. A special area will be open only to kids 15 and under. ADF&G staff and volunteers will be on hand from 11am – 3pm, with the best fishing estimated to be between 11:30am and 1:30pm [there were small schools of silver salmon seen in the lagoon on Thursday evening, July 29th]. Fishing rods, tackle, and bait will be available; kids can learn about local sport fish and how to catch them; young anglers can learn casting and knot-tying skills; and the Department’s Mobile Aquatic Classroom (aka FishMobile) will be parked next to the lagoon, featuring all kinds of fascinating fishing-related activities and creatures. Tell families you know about this great outdoor event – or bring your family and join the fun!

News related to the research reserve

New interactive State Parks Trail Maps are now available online. The trail map browser includes information about trails located in: Chugach State Park, Caines Head State Recreation Area, Kachemak Bay State Park, Hatcher Pass Management Area, and Denali State Park. Trails located in other state park areas will be added in the future.

Do you want to see where a hiking trail in Kachemak Bay State Park is located? There’s a query tool that will make such a search quick and easy. To view Kachemak Bay State Park maps, click on the ASP Trail Browser link at the above website. Then click on the “Find a Trail” button; choose Kachemak Bay State Park and hit the “Go” button next to it for viewing the entire Kachemak Bay State Park and its trails or choose Kachemak Bay State Park and a particular trail name and hit the “Go” button next to the trail name to see details and a map for that trail. The trail browser includes trail locations displayed with Google imagery as well as trail difficulty, length, photos of facilities and views from the trails.

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