Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the lower 48 combined and our intertidal zone is jam packed with a whimsical array of fascinating life forms. 

In early March, before the community began to hunker down, Kake kids grades 8-12 escaped the classroom with University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Dr. Elizabeth Figus. They joined local experts with the Organized Village of Kake and headed to the beach. Participants conducted fieldwork, learned about species identification, sampled plankton with Kevin Martin through @SEATOR and discussed connections between mental health with spending time outside thanks to Paulette Jackson.

 

This work was supported by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP): Science, Decision-Support, and Capacity Building for Climate Resilience in Alaska (NOAA Award NA16OAR4310162) and by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch project 1018914 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kake Schools, the Organized Village of Kake, a long list of volunteer chaperones, local experts and more.