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October 2006 KBEEA meeting notes email

October 27, 2006

Meeting Notes

 

 

Kachemak Bay Environmental Education Alliance

Meeting Notes

Friday, October 27, 2006

 

Meeting Purpose:

1)    Share information on new environmental education (EE) happenings in Kachemak Bay

2)    Review and clarify direction of Alliance

3)    Focus joint efforts

 

 

*notes note: These are pretty raw notes.  What was I thinking? We’re very busy people and cover a lot of territory in a five hour meeting! I’m including attendee’s email addresses at the end of these notes in case I got something wrong or you want more information or clarification on what was presented at this meeting.  Please contact the presenter directly for more information.

Thanks - Elizabeth

 

Updates on NEW or UPCOMING local EE programs

Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council

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Crab monitoring project

Crab models

Will help with aquatic invasives kits

 

Funding for discovery labs – oil, Oil spill curriculum

 

Film Festival, 1st – February 17

Contact Linda to recommend environmental films, up to 30 minute

 

Soliciting drawings for their coloring book, line drawings

3 projects

  • Updating oil spill curriculum k-12
  • Youth in Development mentoring project – recruiting youth onto committees/ with mentor (review draft and communicate with Linda – deadline January)
  • DVD professions in oil trans, response and oversight, AK careers, free DVD

 

Kenai Peninsula Conservation Educators (KPCE)

Dan Pascucci Kenai Watershed Forum, Kenai River Center

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EE providers organizing in Soldotna

Building alliances

Kenai Watershed Forum grant from ACF

Alliance

Curriculum development

2 meetings so far

Id areas for EE

Group focus

See handout

Action Plan

Education Plan for Kenai Peninsula

Matrix developed (one pager) – to id curriculum and trainings for teachers – Dan please send

Teacher survey – funding and time to develop

Target audiences

Key questions

Needs assessment contact Shelly Renamin? – Ed Specialist with KWF see email

 

Dan – Adopt-A-Stream, made to order programs

 

Carmen has teacher questionnaire

 

Broader scope - Kenai Peninsula

 

(Anchorage Inservice)

 

Terry suggests looking beyond KP for program development

Carmen suggests including villages, homeschool

Bree suggests including KRC high school migration

Steve suggests including KPB personnel curriculum director

Demographic changes, voucher

AVO

 

Program evaluations – core questions, seasonal

 

Outreach to teachers – brochure, website

 

KBRR

ADF&G table top interpretation displays currently in development for the Alaska Marine Highway, will be using Catie’s illustrations (Catie)

 

Crab monitoring programs: Students from Otter Beach and West Homer are monitoring Kachemak Bay beaches for European Green Crabs using protocols developed by Judy Hamilton. (Carmen) Other communities also monitoring include Kodiak, Valdez, Cordova, and Tatitlek

Discovery Labs

Bugs collaborative lab and illustration class – modeled after Oceans and Arts (plankton) event

 

Planktonfest 3rd Wednesday in February 21

March – no Catie, no Carmen

Developing Education Kits for use in Homer/ANC: invasive, clams, salmon, plankton, before end of June

KBC collaborationMarine Plankton Ecology Course, 1 cr February 17, 24  Scott Pegau, General public

Decreased staffing for spring/summer 2007

Increased programming trend Fall 2004 – 20 kids, fall 2005-120, fall 2006 650!

Budgets Terry – projects – statewide duties –

Producing PSAs on the benefits of sportfishing to AK, family fishing, fish safely with bears, sportfish aquatic ed web page

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

Marianne updated us on:

Simeon’s Guide to I&O employees

National Scenic Byways Ferry table top displays

Wildlife Viewing Trail – watchable wildlife

Draft corridor plan for Sterling Hwy Scenic Byway

Grant for Tustemena – interpretive plan, products on Ferry and communities, they plan to hire interpretive planner, contact Marianne with candidates

Ed specialist (Melonie’s old position) – GS 9 year round position, contact Poppy Benson (226-4606) for more information

Rat Reach pop-up display, brochure on invasive rats in the Refuge

VC Projects – holiday programming, highlighting community winter programs

Holiday open house Wed 12/20, discovery lab, live music

 

Cook Inlet Keeper, Ingrid Harrald

Participating in the Envirothon

helping Al Poindexter with his Natural Resource class

working on stream monitoring/bug stuff with Pratt

 

Pratt Museum 

 

Ryjil Christianson is multitasking as Exhibits Coordinator and part time Education Assistant.  Gale Parsons is still involved contributing her expertise as cultural liaison and exhibits director.

Lois Bettini is developing Beauty and the Bug: a celebration of insect’s opportunities to study insects, artists involved,

Lois is teaching Natural History of the Insect @ KBC

Pratt is Closed in January – reviewing 22 study kits, updating, revising, resource list

Pass at the Pratt a program serving struggling students, working with their teacher, Pratt as a place to study, waiting for funding

WHIZ Kids – Halloween kick off, Tuesday and Thursdays through April, no Jan, free weekly workshop, Tuesdays pre=-K , 1st thru 6th grade, sci, art, history, 3:30-4:30pm

 

Center For Alaskan Coastal Studies

WYNNBeth Trowbridge

Winter programs

Fall programs

Winter ecology – unstructured, call ahead to set up, 2 hour, winter survival, Jan – March snow dependent,

Community – cabin open January

Snow shoes available to borrow at office, 6 adult pairs, 6 kid pairs,

Visually impaired trail installed next summer, rope, interp displays, Braille plant labels,

Moose education

**Climate camp – Monday open to the public, 5-7 reception Climate Change in Bering Sea focus, T/W workshops with scientists,

Inconvenient Truth @ Tues 7pm, please register

Sat 3pm, private showing

Lunch 8$ Monday

climatecampak.org

 

Bree Murphy

 

February 16-17– CACS is hosting AK Coastal Stewardship Workshop, AK, Forum on Env. – coastal issues, Homer – tool kit – monitoring techniques, action kit, invasives, marine debris, COASST, Otter

Marine Debris Challenge Grants - $2000 Challenge Grants offered by CACS

Summer – Aleutian Life Forum – Coastwalk presentation

COASST – University of Washington, beachcast seabirds monitoring, 3 trainings, ramping up Coastwalk

Summer ’06 Trainings – LNT with NPS, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD (25),

WYNN – developing new trail thru Cottonwoods, new habitat, comparisons of forest types, opens up to views of Kachemak Bay, Billy Fisher Cottonwood Forest Trail, ¼ mile with switchbacks, open guided only, volunteers trail

 

 

 

Kasitsna Bay Lab – Kris Holderied

Marine Studies for Science Teachers, see handout

Send Kris ideas for topics, Dave Christie UAF, science director for lab – passionate about education, lifelong learning, working with CACS,

Oster Learning sci/culture,

innovative business grants – sci/ed tours 60 people from outside Alaska, 48 beds @ lab

UAA course

 

Carmen’s Marine Invertebrates class was a great collaboration with KBC

High School Science Field Camp – UAF/ 4-HExtension, NPS, CACS, KBRR, PRATT, desire to repeat, field data collection for res management, youth development, needs more advanced planning, 2 next summer,  outreach to underserved audiences, (Meg Burgett, COOP Extension Service),

NOAA Education office Mini Grants see Kris regarding application process, education on state or national level application, regionally collaborative program, AK is considered a region

***Richard Louv – KBC interested, videoconferencing, high interest in Last Child in the Woods, reinstating EE to FEDs

Glen Seaman, NOAA

Regional Natural Resource program, collaboration with Interior Aleutian Program, training people to work with Tribal councils

New shape, statewide curriculum, classes

Partnerships with KBC & PWS campus,

Intro to Tribal Natural Resource management, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, ADF&G

4 students from Tatitlek and 10-15 students from Chugach interested

Statewide efforts – AK Native Science and Engineering Program 75-80% success, headquarters at UAA, expanding to bio science, internships, mentoring, well funded

Recruiting k-12 career

 

Needs assessment in collaborations with tribal council, school product for to inform our collaborations, interest high in villages, January initiative

Contact Glen if you want to help out or have input

Spring presentation on his program

Kachemak Bay Campus – Carol Schwartz

New UAA provost coming to Homer today!

Fall Courses

Carmen’s Marine Invertebrates class – Kasitsna

Ed Berg’s Geology of KBay class, younger students HS,

1st time forensic exploration discovery!

Lois Bettini’s Insect Natural History class

 

New marine biology instructor, Debbie Tobin, specializing in river otters

 

Spring Semester Courses

Ed Berg, Global Climate Change, Lichen

Fly fishing class

New people certifying 1st aid CPR class each semester, register Monday

Chris Lopez, Boating Safety Navigation Basics, AK Water Wise, weekend class, March 31 April 1, pool practice, AMSI,

Birding Elderhostel 2 programs in May,

July Elderhostel registration open

Expanding Lifelong Learning / Elderhostel

Outdoor Education with Anders Gustafson

icebreaker – ice climbing class,

Spring Break – March 19

Backcountry skiing

Winter camping class

3 cr survival safety winter survival

3 outings Caribou Hills, natural history component, across the bay, Saddle trail, skill building in an educational context, risk management procedures

*May have opportunity for kid programs in conjunction with winter classes

Public info for School of Oceans and Science

2nd phase of remodel done in couple of weeks!

Art studio, 1100 sq ft

East campus Open house in a month or so

 

Steve Hackett – IDEA Homeschool Program

Participation increasing

Earth Science Week October packet

Earth as a system

Reports to the Nation

Earth Week activities in April

 

 

 

Matt Weaver, coordinator

Department of Natural Resources Project Learning Tree(PLT) 269-8481

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PLT new national program: Places We Live (PWL)

Fun training workshops with fun activities

New delivery system module with experiential lesson modeling

Overview of PWL module

PWL Rationale – change is inevitable

 

Changes affect aspects of lives, environmental, quality of life, community character

 

Choices make effects on future

 

4 purposes

§        Provide students with skills and knowledge to involve themselves in planning for change

§        Connect students to where they live – community characteristics developing sense of place

§        Changes in public health

§        Future impacts of choices

 

8 activities form a framework for teachers to lead students through community investigations

 

1 personal places – prompts id and report reflect on their connections to a special place in the community (tidal creek, tree fort, etc)

 

community character – framework to id unique attributes of their community, explore community response to growth the change

 

mapping your community through time – aerial photos of past and present, infer patterns,  make predictions about future

 

4 neighborhood design – explore and detail their neighborhood – present, discuss eval development options, future change

 

5 greenspace – investigate and document green space and native plants, neighbor, common region, options for protecting

 

6 vision for the future – teams develop and present vision to class of HCOC, city council,

7 far reaching decisions – develop presentations, how individual decisions affect the local env. , measure eco foot print

 

8 case study – investigate regional issue, adopt role of stakeholders

 

Audience – secondary students, community

 

580 series credit

 

PLT

FIREWISE

PWL

 

580 PLT for mid/high school teachers could be turned into places module

Formal and non-formal educators, 2 choices credit – Friday night Saturday class, non credit classes,

 

Matt has not delivered a places module yet…estimates it as a 15 hour class…initiate in Homer…community fits the profile…Spring 2007…Matt initiating and collect source material, Kenai Peninsula focus,

 

Matt planning a trip down to collaborate

 

Discussion:Is it adaptable to lower grades?

Standards??? GLEs local issues, concerns

Adaptable to Native communities?

Most appropriate for upper grades

May be most applicable to non-formal educators

Girl Scouts / Boy Scouts, DDF debate club, NR class

 

Matt may come to Homer – late January to meet and plan Places module training in spring

 

KBEEA collaboration updates & discussion

 

KBay Science Conference education report (???)

2009

Get on planning group

Education: credit class for teachers

No students did posters

Teacher from Nanwalek > Sea Days in Nanwalek

USGS watershed forum had student congress component

Climate Camp student component

Science Bowl component

NOAA literacy grants potential?  Research/k-12 public connection

Kris suggests creating a template – for organizing conference

EPA watershed template for meeting

CA sanctuaries have good models for science conferences

 

 

Teacher trainings for 2007 and beyond see above

UAF’s Marine Studies at Kasitsna Bay Lab

 

NAME Conference report (Carmen)

July 2006 poorly attended – ok

Crabs in resin

Homer 2010 KBEEA sponsor

 

Partners in Education > winter, spring events

Coastweeks 2006 report

KBEEA Day of Science for Seldovia & homeschool students

Sticky issue

No communication from principal

Feedback (complaint) from Seldovia – bringing “our” program, not incorporating local feedback

What now?

Seldovia Seadays – should we help them in their effort rather than bringing in our own

Community vs. tribal council vs. school culture

Tribe/school district

Identifying who speaks for the community

Join SeaWeek community collaboration?

Michael Opheim

Seldovia Chamber of Commerce meeting a good forum

Tribe, school, city

 

SeaWeek in Port Graham, Nanwalek?

 

 

Tide guides for Paul Banks & other schools (Elizabeth)

Crowd control

Sammy the Seal

Halibut

Classroom tidepool etiquette presentation

Terry – target low tide days in May

High School guides – tide guides

NR class

Senior citizens

 

Watershed model for KBEEA member use – grant ideas?

Grant ideas? Check Karen’s email

Mountaineers Foundation

 

Thank you to Kris got the Homer Field Trips website funded

Kasitsna Bay Lab use – training educators to lead programs at lab? Kris’ role as teacher facilitator? (Kris)

KBEEA listserve use (Carmen)

Sending messages out to address

Don’t reply to group, but check address and reply to that individual

No fundraiser messages

Steve suggests posting policy

Key Mission – promoting stewardship

Carmen drafting policy for February meeting

 

Bree has skits for beach etiquette goes to Paul Banks regularly

Tidepool display?

AD hoc committee – Terry, Elizabeth, Lois, AMNWF Marianne

April/May

KBEEA teacher listserve

Science opportunities for AK teachers

 

Website - Catie

K12 programs

Maps distances travel

Hcoc

Advertising

Do we want flyers?

Beach Etiquette

Pdf on ADF&G pdf for tidepool etiquette

Seas and Coasts marine mammal etiquette

 

 

New KBEEA Chair

See attachment on agenda

Possibly a shared position

Pratt / NPS

Catie – website

Carmen – kbeea listserve

Flotsam & jetsam

 

Wrap-up

Next meeting

February 23 Friday 9-2pm @ old reserve building

Planktonfest – 2/21

Holiday 2/19

Pass at the Pratt

Climate change education

SeaWeek curriculum

Kits community

Subject matter expert list

Bishop’s beach report

 

 

Members present:

Catie Bursch, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve (KBRR)

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Carmen Field, KBRR

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Terry Thompson, KBRR

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Simeon Smith, KBRR

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Marianne Aplin, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (AMNWR)

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Melissa Apgar, AMNWR

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Ryjil Christianson, Pratt Museum

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Lois Bettini, Pratt Museum

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Ingrid Harrald, Cook Inlet Keeper

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Bree Murphy, Center For Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS)

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Beth Trowbridge, CACS

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Dan Pascucci, Kenai Watershed Forum, Kenai River Center

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Glen Seaman, NOAA /National Centers for Coastal Science (NCCOS)

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Linda Robinson, Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council (PWSRCAC)

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Steve Hackett, IDEA Homeschool Program

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Kris Holderied, NOAA, Kasitsna Bay Lab

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Carol Schwartz, University of Alaska, Kachemak Bay Campus

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Elizabeth Wasserman, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve (LACL)

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