Next Discovery Days program at Sitka Sound Science Center to be about everyday scientists


The Sitka Sound Science Center recently introduced Discovery Days, a free program for annual pass holders that takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on various Saturdays. The next Discovery Days event on Saturday, Jan. 10, when the theme for the day is everyday scientists.

“We’ll explore what it takes to be a scientist by looking back in history at some of the most influential scientists to have ever lived, many of whom were everyday folks just like you and me. Stop by to dive into amazing discoveries from Bell’s telephone to Galileo’s thermometer,” Sitka Sound Science Center Education Manager Ashley Bolwerk said. 

Swing on by the Sitka Sound Science Center, 834 Lincoln St., with the whole family for a variety of examples to explore and hands-on activities. It’s sure to be great time. This is a family event and open to learners of all ages. The Discovery Days program launched in November 2013 and previous programs have been about kitchen chemistry, electricity, fossils, birds, ice, animal tracks, plants, herring, plankton, amphibians, and hearts, and there was an overnight aquarium sleepover for kids and parents. The group also hosted a booth at Family Science Day at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.

Annual passes are available at the door, $50 for families and $30 for individuals. Passes are available on Saturday. Keep your eyes open for upcoming Discovery Days activities.

SitkaSprouts_flyerIn addition, don’t forget the Sitka Sound Science Center recently launched a free new program called, “Sitka Sprouts: Planting the Seeds of Science in the Next Generation,” for kids ages 3-5. Sitka Sprouts takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Sitka Sound Science Center. The program features stories, activities and crafts, and the kids are encouraged to dress for the weather.

For more information, contact education manager Ashley Bolwerk or 747-8878, ext. 22 or

Finally, high school students and adults can train to become a docent. As interpreters, docents encourage visitors to explore the breadth the Molly O. Ahlgren Aquarium and Sheldon Jackson Hatchery have to offer. This program will consist of 12 weekly sessions, each running from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 11 through April 29. These training sessions cover introductory material from public speaking to biological sciences, perfect for those looking to enhance their understanding of marine and terrestrial life here in Sitka, Alaska.  For more information or to apply, visit or contact Taylor White at Continuing education credit is available.

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