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Education activities review: September 13 – 17

September 19, 2010

KBRR outreach

Catie spent 2 days this week in Juneau as member of a website Subject Matter Expert Team on fish and wildlife within ADF&G. This group is designing a portion of the new ADF&G website. Part of the new website will have individual species pages for fish, birds, game, and other organisms. The group’s first target is to have 200 species featured online by March. When the new website is up and running, we’ll let you know.

Upcoming projects

Kachemak Bay Research Reserve staff recently received news of a grant award from the National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Science Collaborative at the University of New Hampshire. This fall, the Reserve, State, and local partners will begin to assess coastal uplift and habitat changes as a result of melting glaciers. The 3-year, $915,000 grant will fund local researchers, educators, and coastal decision-makers. Our education team will be very involved in the citizen science and public outreach components of this project.
Research funded through the grant will contribute to understanding uplift and its relevance to coastal communities for planning, zoning, maintaining harbors and infrastructure, identifying coastal hazards, and managing subsistence foods within Kachemak Bay. Data from this research will be used to help local communities and regional governments make informed decisions about their coastal resources resulting from coastal uplift. Partners in this grant include the University of Alaska – Fairbanks, Kenai Peninsula Borough, City of Homer, Seldovia Village Tribe, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Community Council, NOAA – Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Upcoming public events

Please join us on Saturday, September 25, 2010 for Pony Creek Mini-BioBlitz & Mud Games from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Cottonwood Horse Park. We’ll be celebrating National Estuaries Day, Nature Rocks Day, and Take A Child Outside Week with a fun day at Pony Creek and the Cottonwood Horse Park, Mile 1.5 East End Road. Families, groups of friends, & individuals are invited to join BioTeams – e.g. bug team, bird team, plant team – to participate in a 6-hour inventory of life around a small local creek flowing into the Kachemak Bay estuary. You can participate by identifying birds you see, collecting plants and bugs, and looking for mammals. Join us for an hour or for the day! There will be lots happening at the horse park during the day in addition to the Mini-BioBlitz – Mud Games at The Wallow, pony rides, sand play, Nature Rocks Homer prizes, and more. Contact Carmen at 907-226-4659 or carmen.field@alaska.gov to sign up for a BioTeam or for more information.

Education planning

The Education Subcommittee met this week and provided input to Carmen for the NERRS market analysis/needs assessment project she’s working on this fall. Members were also briefed on the Science Collaborative project, Discovery Lab EE programming and bookings, community monitoring efforts, Kids in Nature workshop toolkit, an upcoming workshop for educators, and more.

Pre-K to 12th education

We provided Citizen Science Monitoring Discovery Labs for 77 students in 4th – 6th grade (and 16 adults accompanying them) from McNeil Canyon Elementary and West Homer Elementary schools. We also provided 1 Estuary Hike for 14 sixth graders from McNeil Canyon Elementary.

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