NOAA Fisheries Scientists Guide Sea Week Camp

Juneau, Alaska (NOAA) – During the months of April and May, NOAA Fisheries scientists guide elementary and middle school classes through a series of hands-on activities.

This educational programming was co-developed with organizational partners to engage students about marine science.

Alaska Sea Week is not actually a summer program or just a week, but rather a cornerstone of place-based education in Juneau, Alaska.

It also served as an important kick off for in-person events at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, home to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Auke Bay Laboratories

Sea Week dates back to 1968 and began as a grassroots effort by parents in Juneau to celebrate the ocean’s bounty and engage students in place-based learning.

Auke Bay Laboratories has been involved in Sea Week activities from the start, providing interpretive programs for approximately 1,200 students, teachers, and parents during the months of April and May each year.

NOAA had the first Sea Week field trip of the season at the Auke Creek Research Station.

Students from Mendenhall River Community School had an opportunity to tour Auke Creek Weir and test the water quality of Auke Creek.

While exploring the area, students learned about salmon life history, the importance of data collection for science and management, and the impacts of climate change on salmon health.

Read more about Sea Week and other student activities