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KODIAK: The Refuge Closes the 14th Season of Summer Science and Salmon Camp
Alaska Region, September 4, 2009
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Salmon Camp Instructor, Hannah Hourie, leads an activity with kindergarten and first graders.
Salmon Camp Instructor, Hannah Hourie, leads an activity with kindergarten and first graders. - Photo Credit: n/a
Salmon Camp Director, Margo Connolly, leads an activity with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.
Salmon Camp Director, Margo Connolly, leads an activity with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. - Photo Credit: n/a

Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge finishes the 14th season of Salmon Camp, an outreach tool to help local kids explore their own backyards.  This perennial favorite ran June through August and reached a wide audience of campers across Kodiak.  Seven week-long sessions were held in Kodiak as well as six two-day camps in each of Kodiak’s six Native villages – over 200 students, kindergarten through eighth grade took part in the camps this summer.  The sessions were led by Student Conservation Association volunteer teachers from California, Oregon, and Ohio.

 

The camp’s theme this year centered around water’s influence on Kodiak Island.  Indoor activities, outdoor hikes and games, and a variety of field trips were used to investigate how water shapes the lives of Kodiak’s inhabitants.  Kindergarten and first graders focused their attention on the environment around the Buskin Beach House.  Second and third graders visited the Pillar Creek Hatchery to learn about the salmon life cycle and worked on a mock archeological dig with Baranov Museum staff.  Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders visited the Buskin Weir and the Alutiiq Museum to learn about cultural connections with the water.  They also visited the Coast Guard’s North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center for a fish dissection.  Children in Salmon Art Camp created handmade nature journals to use throughout the week to record their observations of the environment. Seventh and eighth graders had the special opportunity to participate in Salmon Adventure Camp in which they learned about Leave No Trace camping techniques and then got to practice those techniques while spending two days hiking and camping on the Island.

 

In addition to the in town camps, instructors were able to offer an abbreviated version of the camp in each of the six Native villages on the Island.  The village camps are open to all ages so the activities are more varied to meet everyone’s needs.  Around 100 children attended in the villages. 

 

“Salmon Camp is a wonderful opportunity for Kodiak’s youth to learn about the environment through hands-on, outdoor, meaningful activities.  The Salmon Camp staff learn a lot from the kids, as well.  The Refuge staff and Kodiak community are already looking forward to next season.” stated Salmon Camp Director Margo Connolly.


Contact Info: Kristin Donaldson, 907-487-0283, kristin_donaldson@fws.gov



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