Sitka Sound Science Center offers middle school camps, hosts talk on wind turbine and birds


The Sitka Sound Science Center still has several spaces available in its two middle school camps this summer — the Renewable Energy Camp and Trash Camp.

These are both going to be hands-on engaging camps that incorporate field trips and of course a ton of fun. Check out the attached flier (image above) or the Sitka Sound Science Center’s website ( for more information. Registration available online, and the camps cost $85 each.

  • Renewable Energy Camp – Windmills, hydropower, solar panels, saltwater heating, and other renewable energy sources are the wave of the future. Come explore the science behind all of these big ideas that are revolutionizing the world. We’ll experiment with the world of engineering as we create our own renewable energy sources and tour the places in Sitka where alternative energy is being used. Grades: 6-8 Dates: June 9-13 Times:  1-4 PM Instructors:  Ashley Bolwerk and guest speakers.
  • Trash Camp – Join the Science Center’s recent efforts to clean-up and spread the word about marine debris, which is a growing concern of coastal towns around the world. From tsunamis to Great Pacific Garbage Patches, we’ll dive into it all the issues around this knee-deep topic. We’ll even spend the day out in Sitka Sound removing debris from one of our beaches. Then, we’ll take what we collect and create a Fourth of July parade float to share the camp efforts to battle one of the largest problems facing our oceans today. Grades: 6-8 Dates: June 30-July 4 Times: 1-4 PM, With an all-day beach cleanup scheduled for Tuesday, July 1 Instructors: Ashley Bolwerk and Margot O’Connell.

Also, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, the center’s next Scientist In Residency Fellow, Dr. Lucy Vlietstra, from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will give a public talk in Room 229 at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus about the environmental affects of wind turbines, which are the fastest growing form of renewable energy in the world.

For more information, contact Sitka Sound Science Center Education Manager Ashley Bolwerk at or 747-8878, Ext. 22.

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