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SELAWIK NWR: Students Celebrate Spring
Alaska Region, June 15, 2011
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Selawik students take a break near the canvas wall tents at the Spring Camp. April 2011. Photo by Nichole Hanshaw.
Selawik students take a break near the canvas wall tents at the Spring Camp. April 2011. Photo by Nichole Hanshaw. - Photo Credit: n/a
Selawik students line up for a ski race with refuge environmental educator. April 2011. Photo by Nichole Hanshaw.
Selawik students line up for a ski race with refuge environmental educator. April 2011. Photo by Nichole Hanshaw. - Photo Credit: n/a

After a long winter, students in the Iñupiaq village of Selawik were ready to enjoy outdoor activities during the sun-soaked days of mid-April. As the school year drew to a close, Selawik Refuge and Selawik School staff decided to put on a Spring Camp for students K-12. Teachers, parents, refuge staff, and village volunteers came together to help organize and create what turned into an amazing week-long event. The weather cooperated with mild temperatures and cloudless skies.

 

The week started off with a snowmachine adventur e to the forested mountains to gather firewood and tent poles. High school students, teachers, and volunteers returned with sled loads of wood after a long afternoon negotiating deep snow and thick trees. Camp was set up a short distance from the village, where refuge staff, students, and volunteers erected two wall tents and drilled seven ice holes. The rest of the week consisted of ice fishing, snow cave digging, snowshoeing, skiing, and sledding for elementary and middle school students. On the last day, high school students traveled 15 miles by snowmachine to a spot on Selawik Lake known for its excellent ice fishing. They enjoyed catching sheefish “whoppers,” as one kid said. For many students, this was their only opportunity this winter to go ice fishing for sheefish, burbot, and pike. More than 150 students participated in this year’s successful event.


Contact Info: Susan Georgette, 907-442-3799 ext 16, susan_georgette@fws.gov



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