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Education activities review April 11 – 15

April 16, 2011

Public education programs

We are in the planning stages for several upcoming public programs:

  • Our collaborative Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) events happen next Thursday and Friday, with the Homer premier of the documentary PLAY AGAIN on Thursday evening, April 21st, from 6:30 – 8:00pm here at Islands & Ocean and a Growing Family Nature Clubs Workshop & Wild Zone Showcase throughout much of the day on Friday, April 22nd.
  • We’re also working with staff from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies on planning for a Coastal Habitat Mapping & Oil Spill Response field event – Spring Family CoastWalk at the Anchor River – on Tuesday, April 26th from 4 – 6pm.

Yesterday’s Wooly Mammoths on the Kenai brown bag presentation with Janet Klein and Dick Reger drew a great audience – 59 attendees.

Student education programs

This week’s Could It Happen Here? Coastal Habitat Mapping & Oil Spill Response Discovery Labs for students were attended by 62 fourth and fifth graders from West Homer Elementary and McNeil Canyon Elementary schools. Students tried their hands at habitat mapping methods used by KBRR staff in an outdoor session. In the lab classroom and exhibit hall, they learned how to read maps/charts; about shipping patterns, ship design, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and other spills in Alaskan waters; and role-played a spill response and clean-up scenario involving marine animal rescue. These student labs continue through next week.

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