Story last updated at 2/25/2009 - 11:35 am
Juneau - Discovery Southeast will celebrate 20 years of hands-on nature education on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Thunder Mountain High School. In addition, long time Discovery Southeast naturalist and co-founder, Richard Carstensen will explore the Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei trail during a winter nature hike from 2-4 p.m.
The celebration is a free community event that will include fun activities for kids, a short presentation by founding member Ken Leghorn and Executive Director Beth Weigel, slides from the past 20 years, and the premier of an audio profile by Scott Burton, a Discovery Southeast naturalist and radio producer. The piece documents the organization's birth in 1989, and takes the listener on a present-day winter hike with naturalist Steve Merli and Glacier Valley Elementary students. Listeners will hear Discovery naturalists such as Richard Carstensen and Kathy Hocker share their views about the importance of outdoor education in Southeast Alaska.
Anyone interested in participating in the winter nature hike with Richard Carstensen should register by calling the Discovery Southeast office at 463-1500. Founded in 1989 to promote hands-on, place based learning from nature, Discovery Southeast evolved from the aspirations of owners and guides associated with Alaska Discovery Inc., including Ken Leghorn, KJ Metcalfe, Chuck Horner, John Sisk, Scott Brylinski, Richard Carstensen, and Steve Merli. The Alaska Discovery Foundation, Inc was started to address the needs of local citizens for community programs in natural history, outdoor education and land use ethics.
Beginning in one classroom at Harborview Elementary School, the Discovery Foundation pioneered programs to engage Alaska children and teachers with their natural home and foster a sense of stewardship for the nature of Southeast Alaska. Today, Nature Studies is presented in each of Juneau's elementary schools, funded by the Juneau School District, each elementary school Parent Teacher Organization and Discovery Southeast members.
For more information visit www.discoverysoutheast.org.