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SELAWIK: Outdoor Play in Dazzling Spring Sun
Alaska Region, May 5, 2014
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One of the teachers and a community volunteer take 2nd graders for a dogsled ride on the outskirts of Kotzebue, Alaska.
One of the teachers and a community volunteer take 2nd graders for a dogsled ride on the outskirts of Kotzebue, Alaska. - Photo Credit: Susan Georgette
The students loved getting to know the sled dogs.
The students loved getting to know the sled dogs. - Photo Credit: Susan Georgette
Brittany Sweeney assists 2nd graders with adjusting snowshoes. Selawik Refuge has several pairs of high-quality snowshoes available for outdoor activities with youth.
Brittany Sweeney assists 2nd graders with adjusting snowshoes. Selawik Refuge has several pairs of high-quality snowshoes available for outdoor activities with youth. - Photo Credit: Susan Georgette
Snow sculpting with the wet spring snow was a popular activity with students.
Snow sculpting with the wet spring snow was a popular activity with students. - Photo Credit: Susan Georgette

Keeping schoolchildren focused in the classroom is not easy during the days of endless sunlight in the Arctic in May. One of the solutions to this is . . . take them outdoors! Selawik Refuge staff recently joined three 2nd grade classrooms in Kotzebue, Alaska for a fun-filled afternoon of snowshoeing, dogsledding, snow sculpting, and marshmallow roasting under dazzling bright skies. Most of the 50+ students (and some of the teachers!) had never worn snowshoes or stood on the runners of a dog sled. Several community members volunteered their time and skills for the event. A wonderful time was had by all!


Contact Info: Susan Georgette, 907-442-3799 ext 16, susan_georgette@fws.gov



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