Next Sitka Sound Science Center Discovery Days program to be about marine debris at Keet Gooshi Heen Family Science Saturday

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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. 24, when the theme for the day is marine debris. For this week only, the program will host a booth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Keet Gooshi Heen Family Science Saturday event at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.

“Our exhibit will explore marine debris, but there will be exhibits from the USDA Forest Service, Alaska Raptor Center, University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus, and so many more. There even will be starlab shows in the mobile planetarium. This is a free, family oriented event, and it’s always a ton of fun,” Sitka Sound Science Center Education Manager Ashley Bolwerk said. 

Normally, on every other Saturday, families can swing on by the Sitka Sound Science Center, 834 Lincoln St., for a variety of examples to explore and hands-on activities.This is a family event and open to learners of all ages. It’s sure to be great time. However this week there is no additional Discovery Days event, just the Keet Gooshi Heen Family Science Saturday. 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 last year 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 abolwerk@sitkascience.org.

The Sitka Sound Science Center is excited to introduce our monthly Volunteer Day on one Saturday a month. We’re asking volunteers, who have always wanted to give back to the Science Center, to swing by from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 31, to help out with our various volunteer projects. This month, we’ll be tackling some painting projects. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join. Painting supplies will be provided, but wear your painting clothes.

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, visithttp://www.sitkascience.org/about/volunteer-opportunities/docent-program/ or contact Taylor White at twhite@sitkascience.org. Continuing education credit is available.

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