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Education activities review: April 25 – 29

April 30, 2011

Student education programs

Yesterday we hosted 60 sixth grade students from West Homer Elementary for Careers in Marine Science programs in our lab classroom.

Public education programs

Tuesday’s Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) Spring Family CoastWalk at the Anchor River was a magical event. With dark storm clouds threatening to the east and brilliant sunshine on the water to our west, 8 adults and 1 child met to pick up and document all marine debris found on a stretch of beach south of the Anchor River mouth. We didn’t get wet, watched cranes fly overhead and a Northern Harrier getting mobbed by crows, and removed about 120 lbs. of trash from the beach. This was a great collaboration between the Reserve and the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

Over 75 adults and children attended this month’s Let’s G.O.! activities around the Homer area – events included a winter camping weekend with CACS staff, PLAY AGAIN documentary film, Growing Family Nature Clubs Workshop & Wild Zone Showcase, and this week’s family CoastWalk outing. The Children & Nature Network had envisioned 100 such events across the country in April, which was far surpassed…over 500 outdoor events for youth and families happened in the U.S. this month!

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