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YUKON FLATS:Camp Nahshii 2016-Yukon Flats Culture Camp
Alaska Region, July 13, 2016
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This bunkhouse was framed from timber milled on site and provides safe shelter for up to 30 youth.  Plans in 2017 include building an additional structure.
This bunkhouse was framed from timber milled on site and provides safe shelter for up to 30 youth. Plans in 2017 include building an additional structure. - Photo Credit: Mark Bertram-USFWS
Refuge Staff provide archery instruction using a National Archery in the Schools curriculum.  Students become proficient in archery in a short time and interest levels are high.
Refuge Staff provide archery instruction using a National Archery in the Schools curriculum. Students become proficient in archery in a short time and interest levels are high. - Photo Credit: Mark Bertram - USFWS

Camp Nahshii is a culture camp situated on the Yukon River in the heart of the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge about 30 miles from Beaver, Alaska. Volunteers from all over the United States have built this camp from the ground up. Trees have been felled and lumber milled on site to build a multi-acre complex of structures that support a camp with diverse opportunities and activities. A focus of the camp is to minister to youth that suffer from domestic, drug and alcohol afflictions, and, in so doing, the camp also educates youth about Athabascan culture, subsistence living and survival training. This setting presents an excellent outreach opportunity for the Refuge Staff to expose youth to wildlife conservation. Each July youth from surrounding villages gather at this camp for two weeks to heal and learn and participate in canoeing, boat building, hunting, fishing, trapping, dog sled building, preparing and curing salmon and moose, tanning hides, and much more. Youth also have access to a complex agility course.

 

In 2016 Refuge Staff were invited to the camp to educate youth about the refuge system and teach outdoor and science skills. With 40 youth from over 8 Yukon Flats villages present, over the course of two days we taught youth how to safely and competently shoot a bow and arrow and navigate by global positioning system. Biologist Mark Bertram and GIS Specialist Sheila Dufford were well received during the program and deluged with many questions regarding what we do in our jobs, the refuge system, and career opportunities.


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