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KENAI: Art, Nature, and Grandparents
Alaska Region, November 29, 2012
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Sisters Madeline and Hadley taking pictures on the Keen-Eye trail with their grandmother Brenda during Gradparent's Day
Sisters Madeline and Hadley taking pictures on the Keen-Eye trail with their grandmother Brenda during Gradparent's Day - Photo Credit: Kenai NWR staff
Artwork and poem by Kylee and her Mamaw Mary during the Kenai Refuge's Gradparent's Day
Artwork and poem by Kylee and her Mamaw Mary during the Kenai Refuge's Gradparent's Day - Photo Credit: Kenai NWR staff
Selena and her Papa Lynn enjoying time together during Grandparent's Day.
Selena and her Papa Lynn enjoying time together during Grandparent's Day. - Photo Credit: Kenai NWR staff

A wonderful sun filled autumn day just added to the beauty as seventeen participants took a walk on a Kenai Refuge trail and explored with digital cameras to celebrate Grandparent's Day. National Gradparent's Day (proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978) is always the second Sunday in September. Ten children (from ages four to ten) brought a grandparent to the Kenai Refuge to help observe this day by reflecting on what their grandparent means to them while sharing an outdoor experience together. Before leaving each group created a "Hand-in-Hand" commemorative piece of art using their digital camera pictures, their handprints, and craft materials. To finish off their piece, they created an "acrostic" or "I Remember" poem together. Looking at the local community and the existing Refuge programs, Ranger Michelle, the Education Specialist for the Kenai NWR, noticed that there were no programs encouraging youth and their elders to spend time with one another. This event can begin to fill that niche as well as allow youth to tap in to the wisdom and heritage their grandparents can provide. This was a successful pilot event that the Kenai Refuge plans to repeat in consecutive years. Contact michelle_ostrowski@fws.gov for more information.


Contact Info: Michelle Ostrowski, 907-260-2839, michelle_ostrowski@fws.gov



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