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Education activities review April 22-26

April 27, 2013


K-12 Education

This week Catie and KBRR volunteer Carole Demers travelled by plane to Port Graham and Nanwalek to provide Alaska’s Coastal Birds & Marine Mammals Discovery Labs for 95 kindergarten to high school students.

We want to thank Carole Demers for being such an amazing volunteer for these and all our EE programs this year! She’s incredible!

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Next week we’ll bring our labs to students at Susan B. English School in Seldovia.

We led Estuary Ecology Explorations in Beluga Slough this week for 60 preschool-1st grade students from Homer. The kids especially enjoyed seeing the migrant geese and cranes that showed up in the estuary just as our hikes began.

Community monitoring

While in Port Graham for Discovery Lab programs, Catie also participated in the community’s Earth Day event, giving a short presentation on the Reserve’s European Green Crab (EGC) monitoring program. She felt the timing for this was good, as the Village Council has a new monitor who will be trapping for crabs in our program this summer.

And early in the morning before school programs in Nanwalek, Catie trained new EGC monitors on how to trap following KBRR’s protocols. These monitoring volunteers were excited about our program and will try to involve some of the local youth in their efforts.

Public events

We invite you to join us for the last public Discovery Lab of the spring—Glaciers on the Move—next Wednesday, May 1st from 3-5pm. We will be highlighting the science of glaciology, the Harding Icefield, the world’s most famous terminal moraine (the Homer Spit, of course), glacial retreat, isostatic rebound, and more at this new lab.

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