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KOYUKUK/NOWITNA: Refuge holds 10th Annual Science Camp
Alaska Region, September 4, 2009
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Science campers in Galena observe a giant yellow-jacket nest from a safe distance. (Photo: Jetta Minerva, August 2009)
Science campers in Galena observe a giant yellow-jacket nest from a safe distance. (Photo: Jetta Minerva, August 2009) - Photo Credit: n/a

The 2009 Galena Science Camp was one of the best ever!  This year we took up the challenge to encourage kids to spend more unstructured time outdoors, and focused our program toward developing imaginative exploration.  For the first year we moved out of the old Community Hall and had an outdoor classroom with a wall tent and picnic tables.  We developed a story, which had daily installments, about a couple of young city-kids who came to stay at their grandfather’s fish camp near a village.  They were alone at the camp, and were instructed to look for small, magical creatures called "groundlings".

 

Camp activities gave the students opportunities to explore and record observations, using hand lenses, plant presses, and journals.  By the end of the week the magic was real; all of the kids had learned to see the world in a new way, and we promised them that this “special sight” will last their whole lives. 

 

Special thanks goes to our partners, Louden Tribal Council and Galena City Schools, who provided staff and other support for this year's camp.  We had 33 enthusiastic campers this summer, and are already excited about next year!

 


Contact Info: Karin Lehmkuhl, (907) 656-1231, karin_lehmkuhl@fws.gov



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