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TETLIN: Refuge Photography Class Clicks with Local Students
Alaska Region, August 20, 2009
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The Intrepid Suvivors of Desper Creek Canoe Trip, HS Photography Class; Kay Lynn Odle-Moore, 8/14/09, TNWR Visitor Center.
The Intrepid Suvivors of Desper Creek Canoe Trip, HS Photography Class; Kay Lynn Odle-Moore, 8/14/09, TNWR Visitor Center. - Photo Credit: n/a
Utilizing the Duck Blind at Lakeview Campground - left to right: John Rusyniak, instructor, David Goolsby and Adam Bentele.  Mary Timm, 7/23/09, Tetlin NWR.
Utilizing the Duck Blind at Lakeview Campground - left to right: John Rusyniak, instructor, David Goolsby and Adam Bentele. Mary Timm, 7/23/09, Tetlin NWR. - Photo Credit: n/a
Amy Bentele getting a
Amy Bentele getting a "fish-eyes" view at Deadman Lake Campground, Tetlin NWR. Mary Timm, 7/23/09. - Photo Credit: n/a

Each summer Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge sponsors a High School course for local students. Using Challenge Cost Share funds to partner with local businesses, agencies and the school district, refuge staff help teach a 1 credit elective course ranging from Ornithology to Environmental Literature. This summer's course was "Wildland and Wildlife Digital Photography and Photoshop."  Six local high school students participated - not a large group but enough from our small town of Tok, Alaska, to keep two co-instructors on their toes.

The school district provided a stipend for a local professional photographer/Photoshop instructor and the use of new Mac computers complete with the latest CS4 Photoshop program.  Local businesses provided support, gear, and alternative meeting spots.  The CCS funds bought camera gear and other photographic supplies.

Twice-weekly three-hour classes from June through mid-August included field trips to Tetlin Refuge and other local photography "hot spots," a 2-day trip to Fairbanks to interview professional photographers, tour the University of Alaska Museum and Fairbanks News Miner newspaper and a 3-day canoe trip on Tetlin Refuge. Students presented two evening  workshops for the community - one on digital cameras and one on Photoshop where they   shared photo tips and taught basic skills to residents and visitors alike.

Two digital picture frames were installed at Tetlin Refuge headquarters and Visitor Center to display photos from the class.  A special “Parent's Night” allowed students to share with their family what they’d accomplished throughout the summer. Printing and matting techniques were included in the course and printed photos are displayed at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and Tok High School

Students received 1 HS credit, instructors were amazed at what the students soaked up, community members and parents "ooohed and aaahed" over what the kids had produced....and these young people spent lots of time outdoors....observing, appreciating and digitally recording what they found!  And to top it off, they had FUN while doing it!


Contact Info: Mary Timm, 907-883-9419, mary_timm@fws.gov



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