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Education activities review: December 13 – 17

December 20, 2010

Coastal science education programs

This week we sent out pre-visit information and activities related to our What’s For Dinner? Climate Change and the Future of Food Discovery Labs to teachers who are booked for student labs next month. We have 3rd to 6th grade students from 3 Homer schools joining us for these EE programs in January.

Planning got underway this week for February’s Our Landscape Over Time and May’s Coastal Birds Discovery Labs. February’s labs will be our 1st Discovery Labs to feature details about the Reserve’s new Science Collaborative project. The May public and student labs will be a collaborative effort between staff from the Research Reserve, AK Maritime NWR, and the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

Outreach materials

Reserve education staff continued to work with Refuge education staff to develop a new 4-part Islands & Ocean Scavenger Hunt geared for visiting preschool to 3rd grade children who tour our facility. This new set of activities will feature animals, ocean, people, and boats associated with exhibits here at Islands & Ocean.

Education collaborations

Molgula retortiformis, a solitary tunicate that usually lives in clumps and is native to Kachemak Bay.

Carmen was recently invited to be a member of the Children & Nature Network’s Let’s Get Outside 2011 national oversight committee. She participated in their 1st organizational meeting this week, helping to plan a nationwide outdoor family events and youth-led service projects that will take place in April 2011 – and especially Alaska’s role in Let’s G.O. 2011. You’ll hear more about this initiative as planning progresses.

Community monitoring program

Catie has been working on a local guide to tunicates (sea squirts) to help provide continuity for our tunicate settling plate monitoring program when different staff or individuals attend to the settling plates. The guide is in draft form at the moment and will be distributed to fellow members of the Alaska Marine Invasive Species group for suggestions and edits. When completed, this guide will be available online as a .pdf document. As always, in order to know if we have an invader on our hands, we first need to know what is native (see photo).

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