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YUKON FLATS:Camp Nahshii Rolls On In Interior Alaska
Alaska Region, September 9, 2013
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Beaver resident and Gwitch'in linguist Paul Williams Jr, softens a caribou hide in preparation for other native handicraft projects at Camp Nahshii.
Beaver resident and Gwitch'in linguist Paul Williams Jr, softens a caribou hide in preparation for other native handicraft projects at Camp Nahshii. - Photo Credit: Steve Berendzen, FWS 2013
Over 30 youth participated in refuge sponsored programs including archery instruction.  Kudos to Alaska Department of Fish and Game for loan of the archery equipment.
Over 30 youth participated in refuge sponsored programs including archery instruction. Kudos to Alaska Department of Fish and Game for loan of the archery equipment. - Photo Credit: Steve Berendzen, FWS 2013
Refuge staff participating in Camp Nahshii 2013 included (left to right) Mimi Thomas, Paul Williams Sr (retired), Mike Hinkes, Sheila Dufford, Mark Bertram, Delia Vargas-Kretsinger, Steve Berendzen, and Darcy Etcheverry (Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District).
Refuge staff participating in Camp Nahshii 2013 included (left to right) Mimi Thomas, Paul Williams Sr (retired), Mike Hinkes, Sheila Dufford, Mark Bertram, Delia Vargas-Kretsinger, Steve Berendzen, and Darcy Etcheverry (Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District). - Photo Credit: FWS 2013

Camp Nahshii is encompassed by the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge and is situated in the heart of Interior Alaska in the Yukon Flats Basin. This cultural camp comes alive the last two weeks of June each year and is host to over 60 youth that gather from the surrounding Yukon Flats villages. Although the primary purpose of the camp is to minister to youth that are exposed to domestic, drug, and alcohol afflictions, the camp also teaches youth about the Athabascan culture including subsistence living and survival training. The camp also provides a great venue for Yukon Flats Refuge Staff to educate youth about the refuge system and teach outdoor and science skills. In 2013 over 30 youth were exposed to radio-telemetry, archery, navigation by GPS and map and compass, and invasive plant identification. The camp continues to grow annually and staff look forward to interacting with the camp in future years.


Contact Info: Mark Bertram, 9074560446, mark_bertram@fws.gov



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