Sitka Sound Science Center to host ‘Squishy Hike’ for young naturalists on Oct. 1

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As part of the Scientists in the Schools program, the Sitka Sound Science Center will host a “Squishy Hike” group at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Thimbleberry Trailhead. Select carpool space is available from the science center at 4:15 p.m.

Students will join visiting Scientists in the Schools presenter Tania Spurkland, who works for the Seldovia Village Tribe, and is visiting local fourth-grade classes to teach the students about healthy watersheds. They will explore stream macroinvertebrates and collect samples from the lake. After the hike, the students will take their treasures back to the science center where they’ll look at them under microscopes. To learn more about Tania’s lessons, click this link to listen to a KCAW-Raven Radio story about her 2013 visit to Sitka.

Party Poster Big 2Also, don’t forget the Sitka WhaleFest is coming up on Nov. 6-9 and the Sitka Sound Science Center will host a WhaleFest volunteer meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Anybody who is interested in helping out with the festival or Scientists in the Schools program, please attend the meeting to learn about all the amazing opportunities. There will be pizza.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and still want to volunteer, please contact Sitka Sound Science Center Education Manager Ashley Bolwerk or Science Outreach Coordinator Madi Kosma at 747-8878. For more information about the Squishy Hike, contact Ashley at

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