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ALASKA MARITIME: Staff and YCC Crew parter with tribe for outdoor fun at culture camp
Alaska Region, January 19, 2017
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YCC Crew Leader Marieana Larsen at Sand Point Camp - Building a Tide Pool Wall
YCC Crew Leader Marieana Larsen at Sand Point Camp - Building a Tide Pool Wall - Photo Credit: USFWS
Sand Point Campers and YCC building a tide wall
Sand Point Campers and YCC building a tide wall - Photo Credit: USFWS
Youth Conservation Corps teaching Sand Point Campers about tide pool creatures.
Youth Conservation Corps teaching Sand Point Campers about tide pool creatures. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Sand Point Campers viewing tide pool creatures at camp.
Sand Point Campers viewing tide pool creatures at camp. - Photo Credit: USFWS

The Sand Point Stewardship Camp is an annual event that helps to preserve the native culture, traditions and values within the youth of Sand Point, AK while also providing valuable science based educational lessons based on the local ecology and natural resources. The USFWS partners with the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe and other community partners to organize and fund this camp on a yearly basis. Members of the community serve as mentors, elders and camp instructors. In addition, on the last day of camp, there is a Potluck event given where community members are welcome to come and see what the campers learned throughout the week.


During the 2016 Sand Point Stewardship Camp, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge sent its Youth Conservation Corp. and park ranger, Kara Zwickey, to serve as instructors to 35 campers ages 4-12. The YCC crew consisted of youth from the communities of Homer, Atka and Unalaska, and the crew leader, Marieana Larsen, was from Sand Point. Lessons taught by the YCC crew and Kara during camp included ecosystem bingo, tidal zone exploration, volcano and tectonic plate creation and demonstration, food web games, and much more. Overall, the 2016 Sand Point Stewardship Camp was successful at providing the youth of Sand Point valuable outdoor experiences, science based lessons and a sense of stewardship of the land.


Contact Info: Marianne Aplin, 907-226-4619 , marianne_aplin@fws.gov
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