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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central Yukon Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/04/14
Contacts: Craig McCaa , 907-474-2231 , cmccaa@blm.gov
  Karen Deatherage , 907-474-2203 , kdeather@blm.gov
News Release No. AK14-31

Alaska Middle School Students Go "North for Science"


FAIRBANKS – Eight local middle school students are heading up the Dalton Highway this week to learn about science of the Arctic region as part of North for Science, a new education program launched by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Alaska Geographic Association.

The students will spend the week of June 6 to 13 working side-by-side with researchers in the fields of biology, ornithology, hydrology, botany and more. The program will include stops at the Arctic Circle, Coldfoot, Atigun Pass and Galbraith Lake. A visit to the Toolik Field Station will introduce students to the lifestyle and work of on-site researchers.

“Far too few of Fairbanks youth get an opportunity to learn from this vast region to their north,” said Carol Scott, local science teacher and project lead. “It is our hope that North for Science will become a long-term education initiative for inspiring kids to pursue careers in natural resource management.”

In addition to agency and Alaska Geographic support, the North for Science program received an education grant from the Murie Science and Learning Center at Denali National Park. For more information on the program, please contact Karen Deatherage at 907-474-2203 or Maria Berger at 907-455-0675.

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