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Education activities review June 25 – July 6

July 6, 2012

Public events

11 visitors joined us last Friday and today for morning Beach Walks.

47 people joined Carmen and Jess for Estuary Hikes this week.

Our summer Discovery Lab series began this week with very well-attended Growing Naturalists events – 322 visitors joined us for Wednesday’s and today’s labs. A big thanks goes out to these individuals who helped with this week’s Discovery Labs: Rebekah Jones and Curtis Hightower (National Park Service staff) and volunteers Syverine Abrahamson, Carole Demers, and Conrad Field!

Trainings & conferences

Jess and Carmen attended the National Marine Educators Association annual meeting in Anchorage last week. They networked with fellow marine science educators from across North America (and beyond), gathered new ideas from conference presenters to incorporate into our Discovery Lab programming, and shared some of our educational successes with conference attendees. Jess and a colleague from the Jacques Cousteau NERR shared newly developed tools for using the NERR System’s SWMP data in classrooms at one of the conference sessions. Carmen and fellow educator Lisa Matlock from AK Maritime NWR guided post-conference field trip participants travelling by bus from Anchorage to Homer on Thursday; she also presented a virtual tour of Homer and overview of KBEEA to these same field trip participants at a KBEEA reception in the Pratt Museum on Friday evening.

Education staff

We welcome Heather Dalke and Brittany Bobola, our new summer education interns from Washington and Massachusetts! These new graduates both have a keen interest in the natural world and environmental education and expertly hosted the bug station at this week’s Discovery Labs.

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