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Education activities review: February 14 – 18

February 19, 2011

Student education programs

This week our education staff hosted 60 fourth- and fifth-grade students from West Homer Elementary for Our Landscape Over Time Discovery Labs. We also had a 14-year-old visiting student from Missouri join one of our 5th grade programs. Volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers were not something he’d learned about through hands-on activities at his school Outside.

Student science education programs will resume in April for our Could It Happen Here? Coastal Habitat Mapping & Oil Spill Response Discovery Labs.

Coastal training program

The Reserve partnered with the Kenai Watershed Forum this week to offer a 2-day training course – Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead – for the first time. 36 local contractors, public works staff and other interested in risk management participated in this class and learned that it’s actually cheaper to prevent erosion than to address the impacts of carelessness.

Community monitoring

Catie produced 2010 progress reports for our 22 community monitoring volunteers (2 of which are elementary school classes) working with HABs (harmful algal blooms) and EGC (European Green Crab). Catie found it rewarding to give volunteers a summary of Kachemak Bay-wide information, since each volunteer monitor or classroom is immersed in only their site. The longer our monitoring programs collect data and the more consistent we can make our sites, the more information we can glean from the data for use in many different ways. Catie’s reports are attached to this week’s Friday Feedback email.

Education collaborations

Today education staff participated in the Kachemak Bay Environmental Education Alliance’s (KBEEA) semi-annual meeting. This group discussed upcoming collaborative Spring Break, Earth Day, and outdoor family events, plus new initiatives for each organization. Kevin Dee from Ageya Wilderness Camp shared their programming and new facilities in Homer. Retired science teacher Brenda Dolma led a discussion about forming a National Ocean Science Bowl team in Homer next year. Glenn Seaman described a Wisdomkeeper Workshop project that he’s working on this year as part of a graduate program. And the recently funded migration of the Homer Field Trips website to a new host and format was discussed – a big thank you to the Homer Foundation, the Daisy Lee Bitter Science Education Fund, and the Cottonwood Fund for funding this process.

The Nature Rocks Homer community coalition meets tomorrow, Saturday February 19 from 9am – 12pm here at Islands & Ocean. Everyone interested in helping provide opportunities for local kids to get outdoors is invited to this roundtable discussion.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2011 2:22 pm

    Sounds like interesting collaborations – where are they taking places?

    • Carmen permalink
      March 1, 2011 2:34 pm

      Hi Jack,

      What activities are you wondering about as far as location?

      Cheers,

      Carmen

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