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Education activities review: October 8-12

October 12, 2012

Community monitoring program

This week Catie conducted a European green crab trapping event in eelgrass beds along the north shore of Kachemak Bay. The north shoreline is very difficult to access on minus tides due to the broad expanse of mudflats, so Catie tried a new method – setting the traps on a longline out of the boat at high tide. This technique worked well, and no green crabs were caught.

Longline gear used for shallow-water European green crab monitoring.

Education equipment and spaces

Education staff worked in the lab classroom this week, repairing and inventorying microscopes, cleaning aquaria and lab surfaces, and organizing lab materials. The classroom is now ready for our next public event (a December 5th Discovery Lab on monitoring the ocean).

Education funding

Terry and Carmen travelled to Anchorage this week to meet with BP staff about funding KBRR education programming. BP is very interested in funding us, and staff continued working this week on a proposal that meets BP’s funding guidelines.

Community collaborations

Yesterday the Nature Rocks Homer (NRH) community coalition met at Islands & Ocean. 8 NRH members discussed this group’s and community efforts to encourage outdoor activity for local youth. The group shared thoughts and ideas about Bikes Rock Homer, outreach at the upcoming Homer Rotary Health Fair (Sat, Nov. 10), the AK Environmental Literacy Plan review deadline, past and future literacy activities conducted locally outdoors, Kachemak Nordic Ski Club collaborations, funding for the nearly completed Grow Outdoors in Homer handbook for parents, KBRR’s Grow An Angler pilot project, local fishing opportunities for youth, future outdoor events for homeschool families, outdoor playgroups for families with young children, outdoor 4-H projects, the economic value of outdoor recreation for our community, and a variety of family-oriented outdoor programs and efforts sponsored by agencies, NRH, community groups, and the Children & Nature Network. We covered a lot of ground!

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