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Education activities review: October 4 – 8

October 8, 2010

KBRR outreach

Upcoming public events

This week’s Marine Mammals of Alaska Discovery Lab was attended by 69 people. Visitors especially enjoyed touching the various pelts and bones and chatting with our experts. This lab and upcoming student labs have been funded by The National Park Service.

A big thanks goes out to our volunteers and partners who helped with this week’s lab – Roan Rediske, Ryjil Christianson, and Axel Gillam.

Pre-K to 12th education & teacher trainings

On Saturday Jessica and Carmen helped Brenda Duty, Project WILD coordinator for ADF&G’s Wildlife Division, conduct a Growing Up WILD workshop for 12 early childhood educators (ages 3 – 7) at Islands & Ocean. Participating educators represented private day care centers, private and Head Start preschools, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers, environmental educators, and a grandmother. All had fun learning hands-on craft activities related to nature, as well as outdoor examples of nature activities, from Project Wild’s Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children resource book.

Carmen will be attending a Project Wild training in Anchorage this winter and leading another Growing Up WILD workshop in Homer sometime next year.

Community monitoring

This week Catie checked settling plates in the Homer Harbor and has sent tunicate specimen samples to a lab at San Francisco State University for DNA testing.

Kids in nature activities

Tomorrow, Saturday October 9th, local citizens interested in brainstorming ways to help Homer kids get outdoors every day will be meeting for a Nature Rocks Homer gathering here at Islands & Ocean. If you or someone you know want to join us, we’ll be starting the conversation at 9am and wrap up at noon.

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