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Education activities review: November 19 – December 7

December 7, 2012

Student science education

Our next student EE programs happen in February 2013, with 8 Alaska’s Coastal Birds & Marine Mammals Discovery Labs scheduled for 175 preschool to 5th grade Homer students.

Two Homer high school teachers have booked Our Landscape Over Time Discovery Lab programs for their students in our lab classroom for April 2013. Apart from Homer High School’s special education students who visit each May, we haven’t had full classes of high school students from Homer in our lab since 2009.

We thought you might enjoy a few photos from our November 14 – 16 salmon ecology education programs at Homer High School and Homer Middle School:

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Public programming

This week’s Monitoring Kachemak Bay Discovery Lab drew a large crowd of people—99 visitors of all ages, mostly families with children. Participants learned about the Reserve’s 4 monitoring projects [to detect harmful algal blooms(HABs), European green crab, invasive tunicates, and paralytic toxins in shellfish] and especially enjoyed looking through microscopes at live plankton, finding and handling an assortment of crabs, and discussing local monitoring efforts with our staff and community volunteers.

Conferences & meetings

KBRR staff (Terry, Angie, Jessica, and Stacey) attended the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s (NERRS) national meeting in Shepherdstown, West Virginia during the last week of November. This annual meeting allows Reserve Managers, Research Coordinators, Education Coordinators, and Coastal Training Program Coordinators to meet their counterparts in the Reserve System and share ideas, brainstorm program and funding collaborations, and catch up on NERRS business. This year the focus was on being strategic and remaining effective as Federal budgets become more constricted.

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