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KENAI: Expanded Summer Camps Reach More Students
Alaska Region, July 31, 2009
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The Kenai Refuge expanded its summer camp season this year to include four successful one-week programs totaling 100 contact hours.  The camps were based from the Refuge Environmental Education Center in Soldotna, Alaska and utilized nearby Refuge trails. 

 

“Get Out and Get Dirty Camp”, July 6-17, grew from one session last summer to two sessions this year; a total of 24 kids participated.  This camp for students entering 4th and 5th grade took place almost entirely outside.  Kids learned about local plants and animals, survival techniques, and ways to get closer to the natural world.  Science experiments, art projects, digital camera use, fish dissections and games were all fun ways we got out and got dirty!  Thanks to Doug Staller (Red Cross- First Aid) and Patti Berkhahn (AK Dept of Fish and Game- salmon dissection), our special presenters both weeks.

 

"Critter Camp", July 20-31, debuted this year for students entering 2nd and 3rd grade.  Thirty-one kids participated in the two week-long sessions.  Each day had a theme: plants, insects, birds, fish, and mammals.  A melee of crafts, games, scavenger hunts, and educational snacks ensued as campers learned about the themes.  The days were packed full and we sent home exhausted (but enthused) campers – and staff – each day!

 

SCA Interns Te’Audra Sanders and Betsi Oliver and STEP Ranger Eve Smallwood assisted Kenai Refuge Education Specialist Michelle Ostrowski in creating, fine-tuning, facilitating, and evaluating the two camps.

Contact Info: Janet Schmidt, 907-260-2808, janet_schmidt@fws.gov



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