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Calling all creative-minded nature-lovers! Show us what you've got at the Rachel Carson "Sense of Wonder" contest!

Are you creative?

Do you love nature?

Do you like sharing nature with others?

If your answer is YES, you should enter the Rachel Carson "Sense of Wonder" contest.

First place photo, 2010 "Sense of Wonder" contest

The Rachel Carson "Sense of Wonder" contest is a poetry, essay, photo and dance contest about nature - you get to choose the creative medium you'd like to use! The creative work should express the Sense of Wonder that your team feels for nature. 

Second place photo, 2010 "Sense of Wonder" contest

Entries must come from a team of at least two people, including a younger person and an older person. The premise of the contest is to encourage adults of all ages to share their love of nature with children of all ages.


Honorable mention photo, 2010 "Sense of Wonder" contest

From the "Sense of Wonder" contest website: 

"Contestants will work across generations to share through one of these creative mediums their own interactions with and reflections on the wonders of nature."

Curious about what winners and finalists did for past years? 

Check out the winning poemwinning essay, or winning dance from 2010. 

Then, head to the contest website for information about how to enter, criteria for judging, and to see even more work from winners and finalists of recent years (2010 winners can be found here).

Submissions are due June 10, 2011. 

Get Outdoors Alaska -- local outdoor events calendar!

 

Have you seen the Get Outdoors Alaska website and events calendar yet? Find all your local outdoor opportunities and events in one place! If your organization has any upcoming outdoor events you'd like included on the website, send an email with your event information to oceaned@discoverysoutheast.org, and we'll get it on the calendar for you!

 

Did you notice what's on the Juneau calendar for February? 


That's right! Discovery Southeast Discovery Days!

 

Kids between the ages of 7 and 12 are invited to join Discovery Southeast for the next Discovery Days on Monday, February 21st and Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011


On Monday we'll explore the Eaglecrest area on snowshoes, and on Tuesday we'll investigate the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's backyard. Enjoy nature-inspired activities, hiking, tracking, experiments, games and nature art!


Both days are from 9am to 4pm. On Monday, the Eaglecrest ski bus is available for transportation, and on Tuesday children should be dropped off and picked up at the glacier's visitor center. 


Please bring weather-appropriate clothing, snow boots, water, snacks and a lunch. Snowshoes will be provided for kids, and parents are invited to join the hike on Monday afternoon.

 

Call 463-1500 to sign up for this fun and educational event!

 

Head over to our Facebook page to check out pictures from our most recent Discovery Days at the Eagle Valley CenterLemon Creek Trail, and Treadwell Ditch trail!

 

 

Register now for upcoming February Discovery Days!

 

Kids between the ages of 7 and 12 are invited to join Discovery Southeast for the next Discovery Days on Monday, February 21st and Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011


On Monday we'll explore the Eaglecrest area on snowshoes, and on Tuesday we'll investigate the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's backyard. Enjoy nature-inspired activities, hiking, tracking, experiments, games and nature art!


Both days are from 9am to 4pm. On Monday, the Eaglecrest ski bus is available for transportation, and on Tuesday children should be dropped off and picked up at the glacier's visitor center. 


Please bring weather-appropriate clothing, snow boots, water, snacks and a lunch. Snowshoes will be provided for kids, and parents are invited to join the hike on Monday afternoon.

 

Call 463-1500 to sign up for this fun and educational event!

 

Head over to our Facebook page to check out pictures from our most recent Discovery Days at the Eagle Valley Center, Lemon Creek Trail, and Treadwell Ditch trail!

 

Representative Les Gara works to increase funding for Alaska AmeriCorps programs!

Check out this note from Representative Les Gara about his work to bolster funding for AmeriCorps projects all over the state of Alaska! AmeriCorps is a national service organization that engages individuals in community service projects promoting local education, environmental protection, public safety, and more.

Did you know that Discovery Southeast has had a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer for the last three years? 

If you want to know more about AmeriCorps, ask our 2010-2011 volunteer Cathleen at our next Discovery Southeast event!


Tips on Tracks: Short-tailed weasel (ermine)

What local mammal leaves tracks that are about the size of your thumbnail?

Grab last Friday's "Outdoors" section from the Juneau Empire and read up on Discovery Southeast's Tips on Tracks for the ermine!


Happy Marmot Day!

Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil -- Pennsylvania's much-hyped winter forecasting groundhog -- only boasts a 39% accuracy rate for his predictions?

Shouldn't we demand better weather prognostication accuracy from our local ground squirrels? 

Perhaps this is why Alaskans now celebrate Marmot Day on February 2nd in lieu of groundhog day. 

 (source)

 

A quick test of your marmot knowledge... 

  • How might you tell the difference between a hoary marmot and an Alaska marmot? 
  • Are marmots social or solitary animals? 
  • How do marmots deal with winter? 

 

Not sure of the answers? Celebrate marmots and sharpen your marmot knowledge by heading to the ADFG's Marmot Wildlife Notebook page to learn more about their habits and lifestyles.

Juneau Empire: "Tips on Tracks: Sitka Black-tailed Deer"

Recent snowy days present the perfect opportunity to hone your tracking skills and knowledge about the the stories that might be underfoot. Catch the latest installment of Discovery Southeast's "Tips on Tracks" in the Juneau Empire today to learn about Sitka Black-tailed deer.  . 


Juneau Empire: "Tips on Tracks" and "The Stories Tracks Leave Behind."

Do you know the story behind these tracks? 

All tracks tell a story!

Courtesy photo at Juneau Empire

 

Learn all the details once you read these articles from Discovery Southeast in the Outdoors section of the Juneau Empire. They appeared last Friday!

Illustration by Richard Carstensen/Discovery Southeast

 

Stay tuned for more of our tracking articles in the Juneau Empire every other week during the winter months.

Sitka Black-Tailed Deer

In this four-part mini series, Discovery's Richard Carstensen talks about Sitka Black-Tailed Deer rut behavior. He covers serial polygamy, antler size, dentition, life span, and the difference between new and old world deer.


The Backcountry Film Festival is one week away!

Click here to read all about it!

 

Backcountry Film Festival at the Goldtown Nickelodeon

When: 7pm on Tuesday, January 11th and Wednesday, January 12th. 

Ticket information:

$8 for students and Discovery Southeast members

$10 for non-members

Tickets can be purchased at the door, call Discovery Southeast office at 907-463-1500 to reserve in advance!

Special membership opportunity to purchase a ticket and a Discovery Southeast membership for $25!


 

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