• Science Community Connections

    Students in Sitka have many opportunities to work with scientists and explore sceintific inquiry grounded in practice both through the school district and through community based organizations. 

    Sitka Conservation Society (SCS)

    Website: www.sitkawild.org

    • Fish 2 Schools: Fish 2 Schools is a program that provides locally caught fish for the school lunch program, along with educational programming at KGH and Blatchley.

    • Sitka Way of Life 4H Club: The 4H club meets in the evenings and on the weekends to teach students local skills related to hunting, harvesting, food preparation, crafts, and navigation.

    • Conservation Classroom: This year the SCS Jesuit Volunteer will be teaming up with a classroom at KGH to explore many of the ways that students can conserve and make environmentally sustainable choices in their everyday lives.

    Sitka Sound Science Center

    Website:  www.sitkascience.org

    Sprouts - a science ”headstart” for preschool children!  Each Tuesday morning, families with preschoolers visit the Sitka Sound Science Center to actively explore the natural and physical world.  The program is free and starts even our youngest community members on the path of scientific literacy.

    Scientists in the Schools - a scientist in every class at every grade level every year!  Educators from SSSC collaborate with Sitka School District teachers to connect the research activities of a working scientist with grade level curriculum.  Carefully planned units allow students to learn from and work with scientists during interactive, place-based activities in the classroom or out in the field.  Students in Sitka School District enjoy first hand experiences with scientists from a breadth of disciplines so that they are more likely to consider a STEM field themselves. 

    High School Programs - research experience and career skills training.  High school students have opportunities at Sitka Sound Science Center to extend their interest in marine sciences and in aquaculture. 

    • Introduction to Aquaculture - students spend a class period every week learning the skills of a fish culturist in the Sheldon Jackson Hatchery. Students fully contribute to the successful rearing of salmon and participate in all aspects of keeping eggs and fry healthy.  Completion of this course prepares high school graduates for jobs in natural resources or the fishing industry.

    • Mentored Research - high school students work closely with mentor scientists in on-going research projects at the Science Center or in the field. High school students learn valuable research methods and sampling and analyzing skills by participating in authentic research.  Students often go on to prepare a research poster and present at a symposium such as the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. 

    • Work Experience - high school students with an interest in aquarium science, hatcheries, or science education choose to earn a work experience credit by working at the Science Center.

    • Whalefest - high school students participate in the annual celebration of science research in a 3-day symposium hosted by SSSC, that includes outstanding lectures from invited scientists, workshops, and related events. Some high school students go the extra mile and train with SSSC educators for Ocean Bowl.  Ocean Bowl is a national marine science competition.  As part of Whalefest, a regional Ocean Bowl competition is held which attracts teams from across Southeast Alaska

    • Summer Interpreters - each summer a number of high school students are hired and trained in science interpretation skills. Interpreter staff host daily tours during the visitor season and participate in many other aspects of Science Center projects.  Summer interpreters develop skills in science communication and become expert naturalists.

    After-school - science exploration and adventure for an exciting extension of the school day.  Fab Friday, the after-school program for middle-schoolers, meets each Friday afternoon to offer high interest STEM experiences that appeal to a diverse group of students.  One fall, the theme was forensic science, another semester, science escape rooms.  In the spring, students get outside for exploration in “Adventure Club” and spend warming days hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling. 

    Out-of-School - more science throughout the year!

    • Eco-discovery/Eco-detectives - families solve ecological mysteries or explore local natural and physical science events in these free programs offered on in-service days. A range of ages enjoy hands-on experiments and observation stations to gain understandings of our local ecosystems. 

    • Summer camps - exciting topics, indoor and outdoor activities and projects, and innovative visiting scientists are the signatures of SSSC camps. Different camps are offered for all school age youth throughout June and July.

    • Field School - a summer program for high school age and above to learn the skills of working outdoors in fisheries, forestry, and other natural resource fields.