Sitka Sound Science Center helps students connect to marine science and nature

High school students are connecting with science and nature this summer through the Sitka Sound Science Center summer field science program.

The program is a project of Sitka High School and is funded through the Sitka Charitable Trust. The program is run by the Sitka Sound Science Center in partnership with many other local agencies.

Participants in the Sitka Sound Science Center summer field science program pause for a photo after working on a project at Nakwasina.

Participants in the Sitka Sound Science Center summer field science program pause for a photo after working on a project at Nakwasina.

“Our goal is to provide hands-on field science experience for high school students to kindle their love of science and nature,” program coordinator Ashley Bolwerk said. “We meet on Mondays at 5:15 (p.m.) at the Sitka Sound Science Center. These meetings are just for logistics and details of the events that will be happening that week. The events themselves are scheduled sporadically on different days and at different times. There is not commitment for students. They simply come to the ones they are interested in and available to attend.”

During one week in mid-July, the students were able to work on a small mammals project at the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus on Monday afternoon, took part in an all-day field trip to the Redoubt Bay salmon weir on Tuesday and again on Wednesday, and participated in a mark/recapture study on Thursday afternoon.

For more information about the program, contact Ashley through the Sitka Sound Science Center at 747-8878, by cell at 1-920-242-8115 or by e-mail at a.bolwerk21@gmail.com. Students also can attend the weekly meetings at 5:15 p.m. on Mondays at the center (834 Lincoln St.). This is one of several education programs being offered throughout the year by the Sitka Sound Science Center.

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