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TETLIN:Kids Connect Through Shooting Nature...With Cameras!
Alaska Region, December 4, 2012
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Photography class at the UAF Botanical Gardens, trying their skill at macro-photography and moving water.
Photography class at the UAF Botanical Gardens, trying their skill at macro-photography and moving water. - Photo Credit: Mary Timm
Jacob Bentele-Edwards setting up for a panoramic shot.
Jacob Bentele-Edwards setting up for a panoramic shot. - Photo Credit: Mary Timm
Photography class rafting and splashing on the Fortymile River.
Photography class rafting and splashing on the Fortymile River. - Photo Credit: Mary Timm
Thanks to technology and the Alaska Gateway School District, the photography students were able to view and critique class photos while on the river.
Thanks to technology and the Alaska Gateway School District, the photography students were able to view and critique class photos while on the river. - Photo Credit: Mary Timm
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Photography "pirates" find a use for ashes and charcoal from a wildfire. - Photo Credit: Hattan Mollnow
Photography students and refuge staff enjoy lunch and a sunny day on the banks of the Fortymile River.
Photography students and refuge staff enjoy lunch and a sunny day on the banks of the Fortymile River. - Photo Credit: Hazel King

Each summer Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge sponsors a High School course for local students. Using special Science Camp fundin and partnering with local businesses, agencies and the school district, refuge staff help teach a 1 credit elective course which can range from Ornithology to Environmental Literature. This summer's course was "Wildland and Wildlife Digital Photography and Photoshop." Nine (9) local high school students participated - not a large group but enough from our small town of Tok, Alaska, to keep two co-instructors on their toes.The school district provided a stipend for a local professional Photoshop instructor and the use of new Mac computers complete with the latest Elements Photoshop program. Local businesses provided support, gear, and alternative meeting spots. The special funds bought camera gear and other photographic supplies.Twice-weekly three-hour classes from June through mid-August included field trips to Tetlin Refuge and other local photography "hot spots," a 2-day trip to Fairbanks to visit with professional photographers, tour the University of Alaska Museum and se great photography "up close and personal" and a 4-day raft trip on a local whitewater river. Two digital picture frames are installed at Tetlin Refuge headquarters and Visitor Center and students continually uploaded photos from the class for display. A special “Parent's Night” allowed students to share with their family and the community what they’d accomplished throughout the summer... over 65 people attended! Printing and matting techniques were included in the course and printed photos were displayed at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and Tok High School. Students received 1 HS credit, instructors were amazed at what the students soaked up, community members and parents "ooohed and aaahed" over what the kids had produced....and these young people spent lots of time outdoors....observing, appreciating and digitally recording what they found! And to top it off, they had FUN while doing it!


Contact Info: Mary Timm, 907-883-9419, mary_timm@fws.gov



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