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Education activities review: January 9 – 20

January 21, 2012

Community monitoring program

The monthly Alaska Invasive Working Group phone conference took place last week, and Catie spoke with many folks working for different agencies around the state on invasive species issues. She is working on a 2-page report/overview of statewide European Green Crab trapping efforts.

This week Catie presented a poster entitled Maintaining a Healthy Community Monitoring Program at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage. This highlights some of lessons learned at the Reserve and approaches that have made our program the success it is today. Look for this poster in the Reserve’s hallway at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center after Jan 23rd.

Public education programming

Catie is working with Homer illustrator Lee Post to prepare their scientific illustration workshops for students and adults next week. They are having fun sharing ideas and strategies about their own illustration styles and look forward to this new and unique teaching opportunity. The student workshop is full at 20 students between 7th and 12th grade (and a waiting list exists); the adult workshop happening on Thursday, Jan. 26th from 6:30 – 9:30pm still has 6 spaces open as of this writing.

Jess will travel to Kodiak next week to present an Oil Spill Preparedness Discovery Lab to students and the public, funded by the Prince William Sound Regional Community Advisory Council.

Staff training

Catie and Megan attended the Communicating Ocean Sciences workshop on Monday at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage. They came away with some new ideas on how to outreach science through story and video media, as well as new Alaskan resources for where to post outreach products. Outside of this workshop, many interesting presentations were given throughout the 4-day conference this week. Our staff are now aware of lots of new information related to research happening in Alaska’s marine waters.

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