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Education activities review: December 19 – 23

December 26, 2011

Public education programming

This week’s WinterFest Ice Fishing Clinic lab was attended by 30 people of all ages, including a small group of Girl Scouts who we will lead on an ice fishing expedition to Encelewski Lake on February 2nd. Stories and tips were traded among staff and attendees, inspiring us all to get out on the ice this winter. Aaron Selbig from KBBI (public radio station) interviewed people in the lab – if you missed his story “Ice Fishing Workshop Kicks Off WinterFest” on the Wednesday local news, you can listen to it online. This lab and KBBI’s radio story have already sparked a bit more interest in our ice fishing gear loaner program, too – both of KBRR’s lending manual ice augers, plus some rods and ladles, are being used by Homer residents this holiday weekend.

We’ve had another very successful year of public Discovery Lab programming. In 2011 we offered 30 public labs, averaging 98 visitors at each event (and 110 per lab during the summer), which drew nearly 3,000 visitors – 2,951 to be exact. A big thanks goes out to all our 2011 volunteers and community partners, without whom we couldn’t do this!

Education program funding news

The Research Reserve has just been awarded $4,209 in funding from the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) to deliver Could It Happen Here? Coastal Mapping and Oil Spill Response Discovery Lab programming to rural schools (Port Graham, Nanwalek, and Seldovia) on Kachemak Bay’s south side during April and May of 2012. This funding expands upon prior funding support from PWSRCAC (December 2010) to develop and deliver a month of public and school programming designed to educate about and prepare individuals to respond to a possible oil spill in the greater Kachemak Bay area. Last April we offered a public lab, followed by five classroom labs over the next 2 weeks. A total of 126 students and 80 adults participated in these labs and a traveling educational kit was developed, which resides with PWSRCAC. A huge thanks to PWSRCAC for their continued efforts to provide oil spill education in south central Alaska!

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