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BARROW FISH AND WILDLIFE FIELD OFFICE: Three Barrow teens serve as youth mentors with Service-sponsored North Slope Science and Culture Camps
Alaska Region, July 17, 2012
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Youth mentors with North Slope Science and Culture Day Camp - upper elementary session, Barrow, Alaska 2012
Youth mentors with North Slope Science and Culture Day Camp - upper elementary session, Barrow, Alaska 2012 - Photo Credit: FWS
Youth mentor J.R. Thompson with North Slope Science and Culture Day Camp - early elementary session, Barrow, Alaska 2012
Youth mentor J.R. Thompson with North Slope Science and Culture Day Camp - early elementary session, Barrow, Alaska 2012 - Photo Credit: FWS

Three local youth participating in Service biology projects gave back to their community by working as youth mentors / program assistants with the North Slope Science and Culture Day Camps in July 2012. Barrow High School students Sam Ahsoak (FWS lemming project 2011-2012) and Calvin Wilson (FWS lemming project 2012) assisted with the camp session for youth entering grades four through six; their responsibilities included chaperoning, providing logistical support, supervising educational activities, and sharing their knowledge and experiences with eleven campers. In addition, 2012 Eider Journey Science Program participants Ramey Gerke, Taylor Masterson, and Jared Nayakik joined the group on the last day of camp to give a presentation about their experience and help out with the end-of-camp bonfire.An alumnus of both the FWS Eider Journey Science Program (2011) and the USDA-FWS fox management project (2012), Barrow High School senior Elmer “J.R.” Thompson shared his wealth of experience with youth entering first through third grades. In addition to helping keep the campers safe and happy, J.R. demonstrated Native Youth Olympic events and set up a duck decoy activity to introduce the youngsters to bird identification and natural history.


Contact Info: Maria Berger, (907) 852-2059, maria_berger@fws.gov



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