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Environmental Education

Exploring the Natural WorldTailored environmental education programs are available by request. Contact Visitor Services Manager Julia Pinnix for more information: (907) 246-1211;

“Taquka Kuik” (Bear Creek) Science and Culture Camp

The Taquka Kuik (Bear Creek) Science and Culture Camp is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the Lake and Peninsula School District, Bristol Bay School District, Alaska Geographic, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The camp is held annually in late August/early September.

The purpose of Science Camp is to connect students with the natural world through culture and science. We hope students will continue to build their relationships with nature in the future, in their careers and as strong community members, with respect for both tradition and science. We welcome your participation!

The staff consists of men and women with broad experience in youth camps and teaching. Courses include biology, astronomy, geology, natural history, cultural history, and stewardship relating specifically to our area. There is a low adult to student ratio so students are able to ask many questions and get personal attention.

Each day at camp is full of activities, learning, and fun. Campers will learn about the local ecosystems and their interconnections through exploring geology, history, fossils, water, plants, insects, and animals.

Safety is a high priority for all of us. The staff is trained in safety procedures, first aid, and CPR. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides one or more bear safety experts who will accompany all outings. All camp participants are required to attend the half-day safety training held immediately upon arrival at camp. This training includes aircraft, boating, water, bear, and first aid. Chaperones will be with the students at all times.

Orville Lind at 246-1202/Julia Pinnix at 246-1211 (USFWS)
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2014
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