Kids Fishing Day set for Saturday, June 8, at Swan Lake in Sitka

Kids, get your lucky fishing hats and join the party. The annual Kids Fishing Day is set for Saturday, June 8, at Swan Lake here in Sitka.

The lake recently was stocked with wild rainbow trout, and with fish measuring from 6-12 inches long. These fish are mixing in with the normal cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden that normally live in Swan Lake.

Kids Fishing Day has prizes for kids ages 2-12, who can fish from shore or a boat. Registration opens at 8 a.m., and fishing starts at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded about 12:30-1 p.m. (must be present to win a prize). In recent years there usually have been about 100 young anglers participating, and as many as 50 boats have been counted out on the lake. There will be hot dogs and chips for the kids, as well as a booth where the kids can make fish prints.

No fishing license is needed for kids age 16-younger (those ages 13-16 aren’t eligible to compete). Kids may fish from shore or on a boat, but all participants must wear a personal flotation device. Kids needing PFDs can borrow them from one of the Kids Don’t Float lockers at any of Sitka’s harbors.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has liberalized the fishing regulations for the Saturday of the fishing derby, which means kids can use bait, and catch up to two trout of any size (normally, only trout between 11-22 inches can be caught). Click this link for more info about the Kids Fishing Day relaxed regulations for Saturday (note, press release is from 2014).

This event is sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the USDA Forest Service-Sitka Ranger Station, and the Sitka Rotary Club. For more information, contact Joe Serio of the U.S. Forest Service at 747-6671.

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AK Experience Camp gives youth a chance to experience Alaska skills and adventure

The 2019 AK Experience Camp is fast approaching (July 22-28 at Rainbow Glacier Camp in Haines, near the Southeast Alaska State Fair Grounds), so it’s time to sign up your Southeast Alaska youth ages 11-18 now. Registration is on a first -come, first-served basis, and members of the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club will be attending.

You can find the registration information and pictures from previous years on the Southeast Alaska 4-H website here. You can register your youth at this link, http://bit.ly/AKXCamp. Ferry transportation to and from Haines will be coordinated by camp.

Youth ages 11-18 can come to our fun-filled seven-day residential camp to learn sustainable, outdoor Alaskan skills as you play, hike, camp, fish, kayak and forage with experienced camp leaders. Gain a new awareness about conservation issues, resource management and harvest ethics. Develop your leadership skills and learn to make a difference in your world. And best of all, have fun with new friendships at 4-H camp.

The camp registration fee is $350, and ferry transportation to and from Juneau is $100 and transportation is $150 to and from Sitka. Some scholarships available. For more information on camp call or email Sarah at 907-523-3280 Ext. 1, or email at sarah.lewis@alaska.edu.

You will also need to register your youth in 4-H, which costs $25. Enrollment can be completed at http://bit.ly/4Honline. The $25 fee for 4-H can be paid via credit card at http://bit.ly/4HPayment. Call or email Susie at 907-523-3280 Ext. 0, or email at susie.wilkie@alaska.edu, for assistance with enrollment in 4-H.

The 4-H fee can be paid via credit card online during enrollment in 4-H. We are still requiring the paper form of the registration for our camp, but families also need to enroll in 4-H Online. Please visit the enroll in 4-H page for details. After you have filled out the online forms you will pick a club and project. Select AK Experience Camp for the club and adventure/challenge for the project. If you have already enrolled at 4-H Online, please go into your youth’s account and select AK Experience Camp as an additional club. This helps us to keep up to date on the youth who get to go to our awesome camp.

For more information about the camp, please contact Darren Snyder of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service by email at darren.snyder@alaska.edu or phone at 907-523-3280, Ext. 2. For help registering for camp, please contact Susie Wilkie by email at susie.wilkie@alaska.edu or phone at 907-523-3280, Ext. 0

This camp is brought to our Alaskan youth by partners at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service 4-H program and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, with the invaluable help of a robust team of trained volunteers and professionals. The UAF Cooperative Extension Service is truly thankful for everyone who gives so much to make this camp possible. Thanks and we’ll see you at camp.

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Sitka Sound Science Center to host Field Science School again this summer

Field Science School registration is now open for the second straight year at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

High-school-aged students are welcome to sign up for the eight-week skills course. Sessions take place every Friday, starting on June 7 and ending on Aug. 2. Registration closes on May 31.

Topics include visiting remote field sites across Baranof Island, conducting marine debris surveys, monitoring invasive species, and traveling by boat to conduct wildlife surveys. Participants can become certified field technicians if they complete the full series.

For more information and to register, contact Callie Simmons at 747-8878 or csimmons@sitkascience.org, or visit the Sitka Sound Science Center. This program is co-sponsored by the Sitka National Historical Park, the National Park Service and Alaska Geographic.

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Eco-Discovery event on Friday, April 26, focuses on being a Junior Geologist

Learn how to be a Junior Geologist during an Eco-Discovery event.

Students can join in the fun from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 26, at the Sitka Sound Science Center (Note: this is a teacher in-service day, so no school). This month’s event includes experiments and activities related to soil science, landslides, and physical science. The Eco-Discovery series is hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center and the  Sitka National Historical Park. 

The series, which is offered free to the public, is designed for youth from kindergarten through sixth grade, and is self-paced. On average it takes participants between 30-45 minutes to complete the program.  Youth participants must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the Eco-Discovery series, contact Kristina Tirman at 747-8878 or ktirman@sitkascience.org.

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Earth Month activities include the 18th annual Parade of the Species, a youth eco-challenges event, free bus rides, and more

Earth Day is on Monday, April 22, and Earth Week this year is Sunday through Saturday, April 21-27. Sitka will host a variety of activities for Earth Week, including a couple of spring clean-up events, a couple of gardening classes, free bus rides, a herring potluck, and the 18th annual Earth Day Parade of the Species. For a calendar link to the events list, click here.

There is a community-wide spring clean-up event from April 20-28, when people can bring in a variety of large items and hazardous materials to the transfer station and the Sawmill Cove Scrap Yard (hazardous materials are only accepted April 27-28). This event is hosted by the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department.

The RIDE public transit in Sitka will offer free bus rides again this year during Earth Week (April 22-26). This has been a yearly offering from the RIDE, which is operated by a partnership between Sitka Tribe of Alaska and the nonprofit Center for Community.

Exchange students in Sitka will take part in Community Conversations About Earth Day, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

The Ugly Side of Plastic art show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 18-19 at 124 Lincoln Street, in the small upstairs entryway next to The Silver Basin store.

There is a Tlingít potato workshop from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, hosted by the U.S. Forest Service Sitka Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. This event takes place at the Sitka Ranger District office, 2108 Halibut Point Road.

The 18th annual Parade of Species, hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society, is on Friday, April 19. Parade participants are invited to dress as their favorite animal or plant and gallop, slither, swim, or fly with us. We will meet in Totem Square at 3:15 p.m. and parade down Lincoln Street to the Sitka Sound Science Center starting at 3:30 p.m. There will be a number of community organizations with hands-on Earth Day inspired activities for the whole family from 3:30-5:30 p.m. after the parade. Prizes will be awarded for Best Use of Recycled Material, Most Realistic, Best Local Plant, Best Local Animal, Best Group Costume, and Best Costume Age 18-plus. For more information, contact Claire Sanchez at claire@sitkawild.org or call 747-7509. Click this link for a slideshow of scenes from the 2018 Parade of the Species.

Sitka National Historical Park and Sitka Sound Science Center are hosting an Eco-Challenges event for youth of all ages from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, starting at the Sitka Conservation Society office above Old Harbor Books.

Alaskan Brewing Company will sponsor a Coastal CODE Cleanup from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, meeting at the Sitka Sound Science Center. There is a barbecue at 4 p.m. for all participants.

The Alaska Raptor Center will host an Earth Day celebration for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the Alaska Raptor Center.

Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School and Sitka Conservation Society will host a “We Love Our Fisherfolk” lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at the school.

Finally, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in Room 229 at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus, there will be a Natural History Seminar on Sitka’s Landslide Warning System. Future landslide geology studies and the related social science research on developing a landslide warning system unique to Sitka will be addressed. For more information, contact Cora Siebert at 747-8878, extension 11.

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Eco-Discovery case of the lucky herring for young scientists at the Sitka Sound Science Center

A mystery has taken place at Sitka Sound Science Center, and we need Sitka’s youth sleuths to help us solve the caper. Crack the case by using investigative techniques to eliminate suspects and earn your very own Eco-Discovery button upon completion of the investigation.

Students can help solve these cases by joining the fun from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 1, at the Sitka Sound Science Center (Note: this is a teacher in-service day, so no school). This month’s case is “The Case of the Lucky Herring.” Students will help solve the mystery of what it takes to get a herring from an egg to an adult. The Eco-Discovery series is hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center and the  Sitka National Historical Park. 

The series, which is offered free to the public, is designed for youth from kindergarten through sixth grade, and is self-paced. On average it takes participants between 30-45 minutes to complete the program.  Youth participants must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the Eco-Discovery series, contact Kristina Tirman at 747-8878 or ktirman@sitkascience.org.

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Registration open for 2019 Sitka Sound Science Center summer camps

Registration is now open for summer camp at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

Summer camps are an important part of the Sitka Sound Science Center’s mission for increasing understanding and awareness of Sitka’s ecosystems. Throughout the year, its educational programs offer many opportunities for emerging scientists of all ages to join the scientific community. During the summer, the camps promise to be some of the most fun and adventurous experiences for being involved in science.

The Sitka Sound Science Center partners with organizations across the community — including Sitka Conservation SocietySitka Fine Arts CampNational Park Service (Sitka National Historical Park), U.S. Coast Guard (Air Station Sitka), U.S. Forest Service(Tongass National ForestSitka Ranger District), and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska — to take advantage of professional expertise in natural sciences, technology, engineering and culture.

The theme for this summer’s camps is “energy.” Whether it is a first-grader exploring solar energy or a sixth-grader looking at motion machines, all the summer camps emphasize building strong science foundations in an engaging, active manner that celebrates exploration and tinkering. You can review the classes at http://www.sitkascience.org/alpha/education/education-programs/summer-camps/ or click the camp descriptions link below.

The Sitka Sound Science Center offers week-long camps during eight weeks of the summer months. While topics and ages range vary from week to week, all camps are age appropriate, richly experiential, outdoor and community exploratory, and project-based. Each camp session includes 3-5 scientists and educators with 10-20 campers.  Community partners ensure engaging field trips and activities. Camps end with a culminating presentation or activity open to the community.

Registration is available online at www.sitkascience.org or in-person at the Science Center. For more information about summer camps, contact Kristina Tirman at ktirman@sitkascience.org or or 747-8878, Ext. 3, or visit our website.

• Sitka Sound Science Center 2019 Summer Camp descriptions for print

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