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Education activities review: May 23 – 27

May 28, 2011

Student education programs

We had a total of 1,493 pre-K through 12th grade students participate in our Discovery Lab, Estuary Hike, or Careers in Marine Science programming in the 2010-11 school year

We hosted pre-K through 12th grade students from 9 communities, which included Homer, Ninilchik, Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna, Palmer, Nanwalek, Port Graham, and Seldovia. All of the students we worked with during the fall and winter were from Homer and overall, 77% of our students came from Homer. Here is the breakdown of participation in our programming by grade groupings:

  • 2% of the students were in pre-school
  • 27% were in grades K – 3rd (mostly 3rd)
  • 61% were in grades 4th – 6th
  • 8% were in grades 7th – 8th
  • 2% were in high school (grades 9th – 12th)

Public education programs

Our fall/winter Discovery Lab series wrapped up this month. From September 2010 – May 2011, we offered 11 public Discovery Labs (covering 10 topics, with this month’s lab repeated twice), which were attended by 832 visitors of all ages. We developed student education programs for 7 of these labs.

The Reserve’s summer education programming begins on Tuesday, June 21st with a public Estuary Hike; the following day our summer Discovery Lab series begins with a Coastal Birds of Alaska lab. Here is this summer’s schedule of labs and topics:

KBRR’s Summer 2011 Discovery Labs

June 22 – August 6 – 1:00 – 3:00 pm Wednesday / Friday / Saturday

  • June 22 – 25 — Coastal Birds of Alaska
  • June 29 – July 2 — Keeping an Eye on Our Ocean: Monitoring Life in Kachemak Bay
  • July 6 – 9 — Marine Mammals of Alaska
  • July 13 – 16 — Halibut: Alaska’s Giant Flatfish
  • July 20 – 23 — What’s Up Down There? The Ocean, Seafood, & Our Changing Climate
  • July 27 – 30 — What Lives in Our Salt Marshes? Citizen Science in Kachemak Bay
  • Aug 3 – 6 — Kachemak Bay Fish & Fishing

Estuary Hikes along the Beluga Slough Trail will be offered by our staff and interns every Tuesday and Thursday this summer from 1 – 2 pm between June 21st and August 11th.

Our staff will lead Beach Walks at Bishops Beach from 11am – 12pm on Fridays between June 24th and August 5th. These walks are offered every Wed, Fri, and Sat and our participation is an ongoing collaboration with AK Maritime National Wildlife Refuge staff.

We hope you can join us for some of our summer programs this year!

Community monitoring

Catie has been very busy this month with invasive and HAB (harmful algal bloom) monitoring activities. On Monday Catie and national HAB monitoring coordinator Dave Paternoster led a phytoplankton training for community monitoring volunteers and ADF&G/KBRR staff. Participants were trained in diatom & dinoflagellate identification and the plankton sample documentation process.

On Tuesday Catie joined NOAA divers for an invasive tunicate survey in Little Jakolof Bay; Catie didn’t dive but assisted the team and was able to conduct a mini-tunicate identification session at the Kasitsna Bay Lab.

Catie is purchasing materials and supplies for statewide European Green Crab rapid response totes; these will be assembled later this summer.

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