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Education activities review: January 17 – 20

January 20, 2011

Public education programs

Please join us for the next public Discovery Lab – Our Landscape Over Time – which happens on Wed, Feb. 2nd from 3 – 5 pm. Learn how long-term changes within and around the earth create short-term effects in Alaska like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and more at this event.

Education staff met over lunch today with visiting guests Phil Loring (with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy at UAF) and Rich Seifert (with UAF Cooperative Extension Services) and interested members of the public to discuss food resiliency. Topics that warranted much discussion included the idea of researching how people in Homer get their fish and other local foods, what barriers might exist (and potential solutions) for making local fish more available to Homer residents, and how to bring a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)-like system for seafood to Homer.

Tonight (Thursday evening, January 20th) from 6:30 – 7:30 pm the public is invited to a presentation by Philip Loring, Richard Seifert, and Kyra Wagner (with Sustainable Homer) on food resilience. These speakers will talk about the strengths and weaknesses of our national, state, and local food systems, and share efforts brewing to fuel food sustainability in Homer.

Staff professional development

This week Catie, Megan, and Carmen (plus other Reserve staff) attended the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage. A Monday morning workshop on communicating ocean science was very valuable, especially the keynote presentation and additional session led by author Nancy Baron (who wrote Escape from the Ivory Tower). Staff will be hearing more about Nancy and her message box tools at future staff meetings. We learned that the 2012 National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Conference will be in Alaska next June. Reserve staff and community partners have begun discussing possibilities for offering a Homer field trip for conference attendees from out of state, as well as how we might all attend this national meeting. Presentations during the 2-day Gulf of Alaska plenary sessions and evening poster sessions at the symposium were found to be very, very interesting. And opportunities for networking with colleagues were outstanding.

Education collaborations

Carmen participated as a Leadership Team Member for the Children & Nature’s Natural Families Network in a phone meeting today. She shared upcoming events and efforts being planned within the Reserve’s Kids in Nature program and shared information on the upcoming 2nd annual IditaNature challenge for children, families, and teachers (March 5 – 19, 2011) – visit the program website to see how to participate in this fun activity.

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