The Sitka School District, in partnership with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Sitka National Historical Park, will host a free, week-long marine science camp during spring break for 15 middle school students. The camp will focus on Pacific herring biology and ecology. The park will host two informational meetings about the camp — at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, and at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, both at the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center — where students can learn more and pick up application materials.
Participants in Yaa Khusgé Yaaw Woogoo —Knowledge-of-Herring Camp — will use cutting-edge technology while working with renowned marine ecologist Michelle Ridgway to study Pacific herring in the field and in the lab. Students who participate in the camp will gain valuable experience conducting scientific research and will gain a deeper understanding of the critical role herring play in Southeast Alaska’s marine ecosystem.
Herring camp will be held from noon until 5 p.m. on March 17-21 at Sitka National Historical Park. Daily camp activities will include observing herring and other marine wildlife during field trips, marine research throughout Sitka Sound, exploring Sitka’s coastline to learn about critical herring habitat, using remote operated underwater vehicles to view herring and conducting lab analysis of collected samples. Each daily session will conclude with a presentation by scientists, Native elders or local herring experts.
Applications need to be submitted by Friday, Feb. 14 (NOTE: The application deadline has been extended to Friday, Feb. 28). All participants for herring camp must be middle school students. Applications should be submitted to Nancy Douglas at the Southeast Alaska Career Center located at 205 Baranof St., or by emailing their application to firstname.lastname@example.org. A digital version of the application can be downloaded from the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/sitk. Paper applications will be available at Southeast Alaska Career Center, Sitka National Historical Park’s visitor center and at Blatchley Middle School. For additional information, please contact Nancy Douglas at (907) 966-1242.