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Education activities review: December 5-7

December 10, 2011

Public science education

Today’s public Discovery Lab – SpongeBob SquarePants Goes to School – was attended by 130 people, including many high school students earning extra credit for their science classes and a group of rural information technicians (RITs) from all over rural Alaska who work for the US Fish & Wildlife Service and who are in Homer this week for a training. Visitors learned about the real-life animals behind cartoon characters like Patrick Star, SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Gary the Snail – the lifestyles of these marine invertebrates, what their habitats are like, and how they tie into salmon food chains.

We sure appreciate all of today’s excellent volunteers: Carole Demers, Melisse Reichman, Martha Briscoe, Kayla McVeigh, Axel Gillam, Roan Rediske, and Marilyn Moore – and partners: Patrick Chandler & Jenni Medley (Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies), and Lisa Matlock (USFWS/AK Maritime NWR)!!!

Upcoming event planning

Carmen has been working with Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival committee members this week to plan events and speakers for the upcoming festival in May (May 10 – 13, 2012). Lots of interesting and new activities are being planned for this 20th anniversary festival! 2012 event details will be added to the festival website by late February or early March.

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