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KENAI: Back to School in Soldotna Means Back to Kenai Refuge
Alaska Region, October 9, 2009
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The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge facilitated its most successful fall field trip season to date. The first hint of success came with teacher orientation, a required meeting for teachers visiting the refuge on field trips.  We had 23 new teachers this season - the most ever!

Kenai Refuge Education Specialist Michelle Ostrowski, Student Conservation Intern Betsi Oliver, and Park Ranger Leah Eskelin connected 895 local school kids with nature during our Kindergarten through 6th grade fall field trips.  We were definitely busy with our 44 field trips and 8 classroom pre-trip visits (involving 164 students), all occurring between September 1st and October 9th. Great fall weather helped, and we were booked solid with 1-3 field trips per day.  With all of our programs, we hope to instill a sense of wonder and appreciation of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge while tackling different concepts and Kenai Peninsula Borough curriculum components.


Contact Info: Janet Schmidt, 907-260-2808, janet_schmidt@fws.gov
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