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Education activities review: January 31 – February 4

February 5, 2011

Public education programs

Wednesday’s Our Landscape Over Time Discovery Lab was a pretty quiet event, due to the heavy snowfall that afternoon – 33 visitors braved the snowy roads to join us, including many high school students. Participants enjoyed learning about the geologic history of the Homer Spit, how volcanoes work, our dynamic glaciers, glacial rebound and its relation to sea level rise, the science concepts related to our Science Collaborative project, and more.

Five of the Reserve’s staff were joined by volunteers Ryjil Christianson (with the Pratt Museum), Kayla McVeigh, Martha Briscoe, and Elizabeth Wasserman (with the National Park Service). Sadly, this was Elizabeth’s last time working with us in the lab, as she soon moves to Oregon to work at Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Elizabeth has been a wonderful and enthusiastic contributor to our Discovery Labs over the years, and we wish her all the best as she heads south to begin a new chapter of her life!

We invite you to join us for a very interesting presentation – Homer, Water & Climate – next Wednesday, February 9th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm here at the AK Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Dr. Daniel White, Director of the Institute of Northern Engineering at UAF will be speaking on the basics of short- and long-term climate change, water resources, and the impacts of change on people (especially those in Homer). This presentation was postponed after weather made it impossible for Dr. White to visit Homer a month ago.

Student education programs

We have a full schedule of EE programs featuring the Reserve’s Our Landscape Over Time Discovery Labs this month, beginning next Wednesday. Nine classes of Homer students in grades 3rd – 6th have scheduled labs with us; and one of these groups will go on a winter Estuary Hike to Beluga Slough – a 1st for our EE programming.

Education collaborations

Catie and Megan, joined by Lisa Matlock and Melissa Kuter with the AK Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, are right now traveling to Seward to work as officials for the annual Alaska Tsunami National Ocean Science Bowl competition in Seward this weekend. 20 teams of high school students from across Alaska will be competing in this year’s NOSB.

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