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KENAI: Girl Scouts Explore How to Find Themselves in the Refuge Wilderness

Region 7, April 26, 2013
Leah Eskelin, Park Ranger at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, helps a girl scout explore USFWS careers during the 2013 Women of Science event in Soldotna, Alaska.
Leah Eskelin, Park Ranger at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, helps a girl scout explore USFWS careers during the 2013 Women of Science event in Soldotna, Alaska. - Photo Credit: n/a

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Ranger Leah Eskelin presented at the 2013 Women of Science Girl Scout event on February 16th at the Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska.

 

Seventy two (72) girls attended the four session workshop with the goals of learning about local women scientists' work and some of the skills used in field biology. Ranger Leah incorporated map reading into activities that introduced the Refuge lands, wilderness orienteering and biological surveys to the participants, who ranged in age from 5 to 16. After learning how to read a simple map, and exploring the Refuge using maps in the Visitor Guide, the groups split into teams and practiced using a map of the meeting room to find 6 hidden Alaskan animals, in the style of a scavenger hunt.

Each session concluded with a question and answer period about USFWS careers. The participants left with a Careers fortune-teller from the Let's Go Outside toolkit. These crafts were very popular, and offered great conversation starters as the group discussed the many different jobs available on a National Wildlife Refuge.

Contact Info: Leah Eskelin, 907-262-7021, Leah_Eskelin@fws.gov