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Education activities review: August 30 – September 2

September 4, 2010

Public education

We hosted 27 visitors at this week’s Citizen Science Monitoring Discovery Lab. Featured monitoring programs included KBRR’s community monitoring programs (for harmful algal blooms, invasive tunicates, and European green crabs), ADF&G monitoring programs (for frogs, bats, loons, and grebes), past and upcoming local BioBlitz events, the Lost Ladybug Project, local water quality monitoring, Kachemak Bay Coastwalk, and the Great Backyard Bird Count. Eleven people – individuals and families – registered to join one of 4 BioTeams at our upcoming mini-BioBlitz, happening at Pony Creek on Saturday, September 25th from 10am – 4pm.
We have 6 school groups signed up to attend our Citizen Science Monitoring lab later in the month.

We extend a big thank you to community and state partners participating in this lab: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (Patrick & Kimbro), Cook InletKeeper (Rachel), and Audubon Alaska (Beth Peluso).

We’ve added one more Discovery Lab to our fall/winter/spring lineup – a Sharks in Alaska Discovery Lab with ADF&G shark biologist Ken Goldman on Wednesday, December 1st from 3 – 5 pm.

Kids in nature

Carmen’s IditaNature challenge for kids and families was added as a news item and featured this week on the national Children & Nature Network’s website, including a link to the Reserve’s education pages on our website.

Carmen participated in a leadership meeting for C&NN’s Natural Family Network this week to offer feedback on a new communication initiative being developed for partners in Western Australia.

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