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KOYOKUK/NOWTINA: Refuge Science Camp Displaced but not Discouraged
Alaska Region, July 26, 2013
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Campers gather for a day of Camp Habitat at Creamer's Field in Fairbanks, AK
Campers gather for a day of Camp Habitat at Creamer's Field in Fairbanks, AK - Photo Credit: Karin Bodony (USFWS)
Programs such as Camp Habitat help develop future stewards of our public lands.
Programs such as Camp Habitat help develop future stewards of our public lands. - Photo Credit: Karin Bodony (USFWS)

When floodwaters from the Yukon River swept through the interior Alaskan village of Galena on Memorial Day 2013, summer plans changed significantly for all of the community’s residents, including staff of the Koyukuk/Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge Complex. For Park Ranger Karin Bodony, it meant relocating to Fairbanks for several months with her young daughter while repairs were made to her home to make it livable once again. It also meant cancelling refuge sponsored summer events including Galena Science Camp which serves the area’s elementary school aged children.

Instead of running this year’s Science Camp in Galena, Bodony began making connections in Fairbanks, and was graciously welcomed to help with Camp Habitat at Creamer’s Field Migratory Refuge. Camp Habitat is an outdoor camp for kids from 4-11 years old that familiarizes campers with interior Alaska ecosystems using hikes, games, crafts, songs, and other exploration. The camp is sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Friends of Creamer’s Field, and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. Bodony spent several days helping with training of camp leaders and counselors, and assisted during three weeks of Camp Habitat. She worked with nearly 150 campers, and was able to exchange a wealth of ideas with those involved in the camp. In this case, disaster turned into opportunity, and a bit of inspiration that should last a long time in both communities.


Contact Info: Karin Bodony Karin Bodony, (907) 656-1231, karin_bodony@fws.gov



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