Youth Camps

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Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, along with its cooperators, has sponsored several different environmental education camps for local students in the summers. 

  • Education Camps

    Togiak Refuge sponsors two environmental education camps for area teens and also is a cooperator on a third camp. These camps are based in remote locations and target area high school and middle school students. While the goals and activities of each camp vary, in a general sense all three seek to increase students' basic biological knowledge, to expose students to the work of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other land management agencies, to compare and contrast western science to traditional Yup'ik Eskimo knowledge and to help students develop a sense of stewardship for the natural resources of Bristol Bay.

  • Summer Outdoor Skills and River Ecology Float Camp

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    This camp brings participants together for a wilderness float trip on a remote refuge river. Students learn a multitude of outdoor skills, become informed about wildlife management practices, and come to understand what brings visitors from around the world to their backyard.

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  • Cape Peirce Marine Science and Yup'ik Culture Camp

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    This camp takes place at the extremely remote location of Cape Peirce, found in the southwest corner of the refuge. It focuses on seabirds, marine mammals and marine ecology. Students hike along scenic cliffs to view the animals in their natural environments while also learning from village elders about the traditional subsistence uses of the area’s resources

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  • Bristol Bay Salmon Camp

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    This camp is put on by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation; Togiak Refuge has been a long-standing cooperator. Students from around Bristol Bay travel to Lake Aleknagik to study salmon biology, aquatic ecology, fisheries management and the role of salmon in the ecosystem. Students experience hands-on field work under the guidance of experts, such as sampling scales from adult salmon in a live box, and participate in discussions with salmon research scientists, commercial fisheries managers and others.

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