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Education activities review: August 23 – 27

August 27, 2010

Pre-k to 12th grade education

The second KBRR program BookingBlitz for teachers took place this week and what a blitz it was (especially compared to last week’s BookingBlitz for MatSu/Anchorage teachers, which garnered only 2 program reservations from 1 teacher)! 61 programs with Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers were booked – 47 Discovery Lab programs, 13 Estuary Hikes, and 1 Careers in Marine Science programs. We are now fully booked for Discovery Labs during this new school year, with the exception of 2 spaces remaining for next month’s Citizen Science Monitoring labs and 2 spaces for January’s Keeping Up with Climate Change labs. The Marine Mammals, Watersheds & Salmon Habitat, Our Landscapes Over Time, Mapping Coastal Habitats, and Coastal Birds labs are completely booked and with waiting lists.

Public education

Next week we kick off our fall / winter series of public Discovery Labs with a Citizen Science Monitoring Discovery Lab on Wednesday, September 1st from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. We invite you to join us and learn about fascinating and fun ways to track changes in nature. Featured southcentral Alaska programs will include BioBlitz events, crab monitoring, tracking harmful algal blooms, and surveys for bats, loons, and frogs.

One of our partners for next week’s lab, Beth Peluso with Audubon Alaska, will be giving a presentation on Wednesday evening, September 1st – “Birds to Keep and Eye On – How Citizen Scientists Help Vulnerable Birds.” This talk will take place in the seminar room at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and is free to the public.

Here is the Reserve’s fall/winter/spring schedule for public Discovery Labs:

Discovery Labs – September 2010 – May 2011
September – November / January – February / April – May
3:00 – 5:00 pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month

September 1     Citizen Science Monitoring

October 6        Marine Mammals

November 3        Watersheds & Salmon Habitat

January 5        Keeping Up with Climate Change

February 2        Our Landscape Over Time

April 6            Mapping Coastal Habitats

May 4            Coastal Birds

Kids in nature

This week Carmen’s IditaNature challenge for kids and families – launched in Homer preschools this past March during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race – was promoted for the 1st time via the official website of the Iditarod. You can learn about this great way to reconnect children with nature on their website. Many participants at the Children & Nature Network’s Grassroots Gathering, which Carmen attended this month, were very excited about this new idea and promised to get families in their communities involved in IditaNature 2011.

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