USFWS
Kenai Fish & Wildlife Field Office
Alaska Region

 

 

Outreach and Education

Our goal is to enhance public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of Alaska’s fish and wildlife resources on the Kenai Peninsula and within the Kuskokwim River watershed.

Students identifying invertebrates sampled from their stream. Photo Credit: Kenai Watershed Forum / Dan Pascucci

Students identifying invertebrates sampled
from their stream.
Photo Credit: Kenai Watershed Forum / Dan Pascucci

Adopt-A-Stream
Adopt-A-Stream is a nationally-recognized program with the goal of developing stewardship and student appreciation for the aquatic environment.  This interdisciplinary program gives classroom learning a real-life application, enhances students' problem-solving capabilities, and provides community recognition of the students' efforts.  Our office provides a Student Conservation Association intern to assist the Kenai Watershed Forum education specialist in bringing the adopt-a-stream program to Kenai Peninsula Borough District Schools.

Planning for trail enhancement at Tustumena Elementary. Photo Credit: USFWS / Kristen Bretz

Planning for trail enhancement at Tustumena Elementary.
Photo Credit: USFWS / Kristen Bretz

Schoolyard Habitats/Outdoor Classrooms
Our Schoolyard Habitat Program helps students, teachers, and the community create or enhance habitat for native fish and wildlife on or nearby school grounds.  Schoolyard Habitats are integrated into the curriculum and provide an accessible place outdoors for children to learn about stewardship and connect with nature on a daily basis. Projects tend to be planned through multiple phases and become more dynamic over time as children from various classes build upon the existing work of past students.  Schoolyard Habitats are designed to achieve the mission and goals of the school, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the community.  The Kenai Fish and Wildlife Field Office coordinates with partners including the Kenai Peninsula Borough to develop projects and provide technical assistance and project guidance, teacher trainingand other resources.  Funding for Schoolyard Habitats is available through our Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.  For more information on Schoolyard Habitats visit our region’s Schoolyard Habitat page: http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/restoration/schoolyard_habitat.htm

 

Checking out a fishing rod. Photo Credit: USFWS Emily Smith

Checking out a fishing rod.
Photo Credit: USFWS Emily Smith

 

Fishing Rod Loan Program
The Fishing Rod Loaner Program is run in collaboration with the Kenai Community Library and the Soldotna Public Library.  Parents with a valid library card can check out a fishing rod the same way they would check out a library book.  When a fishing rod is checked out, you also receive information on knot tying, fishing safety, local fishing hot spots, and a copy of the state fishing regulations.  Our goal is to make it easy for any child ages 15 and under to begin fishing!  Encouraging children to take an interest in outdoor hobbies like fishing, allows them to experience the wonder of nature at an early age while introducing them to a lifelong hobby dependent upon the conservation of fish and their habitats! For more information, please contact either the Kenai Community Library at (907) 283-4378 or Soldotna Public Library at (907) 262-4227.

 

Homer Youth Fishing Fair. Photo Credit: USFWS / Cheryl Anderson

Homer Youth Fishing Fair.
Photo Credit: USFWS / Cheryl Anderson

 

Homer Youth Fishing Fair
Sponsored annually since 1989 by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and South Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association, this event provides hands-on activities that teach children sportfishing skills.  Our office leads an activity that teaches children proper catch-and-release fishing techniques and knot tying.

Practicing casting. Photo Credit: USFWS / Cheryl Anderson

Practicing casting.
Photo Credit: USFWS / Cheryl Anderson

The Kenai River Festival
The Kenai River Festival is a fun, free annual event hosted by the Kenai Watershed Forum.  Our office mans a tent that offers hands-on learning activities for children and adults.  Through crafts and games, children learn about the Kenai River ecosystem and its watershed.  One of our most popular events is the “casting” session where children practice with rod & reel, and learn fishing safety and ethics. The Kenai River Festival is held at Soldotna Creek Park during the second weekend in June during National Fishing Week.  Come join us and celebrate what our Kenai River has to offer!

Pulling weeds at Seward Middle School and enjoying the sunshine! Photo Credit: USFWS / Alyssa Johnson

Pulling weeds at Seward Middle School
and enjoying the sunshine!
Photo Credit: USFWS / Alyssa Johnson

Kenai Peninsula Weed Smackdown
The annual Kenai Peninsula Weed Smackdown event is a fun and friendly competition to control invasive weeds on the Kenai Peninsula. Teams on the Kenai Peninsula compete with other Smackdown teams across the state.  The Kenai Smackdown promotes awareness about invasive weeds and the importance of healthy native species communities.  The event is held in July during Alaska Invasive Weed Awareness Week.  Come spend a few hours outside with us enjoying some exercise, fresh air, fun competition, and conservation, and help us trounce the other teams and make the Kenai Peninsula the most weed-free area in the state!

 

    Last updated: January 3, 2013