In The Community

Guest Speaker John Branson Talking to Schools

Special programs are offered to the schools in the scattered, remote villages of the Alaska Peninsula.

Speaker Series

In 2011, we began offering an annual winter Speaker Series, bringing monthly guests to our headquarters in King Salmon. Speakers gave presentations in the office conference room, and also at the Bristol Bay School in Naknek. As the program grew, speakers added live web presentations to all the schools of Lake and Peninsula Borough. Some guests are also asked to deliver programs at other venues, like the Martin Monsen Library in Naknek or the Naknek Native Village Council.

Past guest speakers have included:

  • John Trent, retired USFWS biologist, on sea otters and walrus;
  • Sharon Sharbaugh from the Alaska Bird Observatory;
  • John Branson, historian for Lake Clark National Park;
  • Barbara Mahoney from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on beluga whales;
  • Patricia Heiser of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, on her research into climate change;
  • Loukas Barton, Katmai National Park archaeologist;
  • Pat Druckenmiller of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, on dinosaur tracks found on the Alaska Peninsula;
  • retired ADF&G biologist Richard Russell on the eruption that formed the Ukinrek Maars;
  • ADF&G biologist Meghan Riley on her tiger research in Kamchatka;
  • Whitney Rapp, Katmai NP, on invasive plant species.
  • John Hudson, co-author of two books on Alaskan insects, escorted nearly all the students of Bristol Bay School into a nearby wetland to capture and examine aquatic insects, in addition to delivering several talks.
  • Debbie Corbett, archaeologist, came in 2014 and 2015!
  • Stacy Studebaker, author of "Hey Bear, Ho Bear" and lead for the gray Whale Project in Kodiak.
  • Troy Hamon, Chief of Resources for Katmai National Park, answered questions about salmon.
  • Susan Savage, own retired Avian Wildlife Biologist. 

Supporting organization Alaska Geographic provides funding to cover travel for guest speakers and thank-you gifts. Their support is essential to the success of the program.