Local Media: Cultivating learning in Kasilof

Photos by Joseph Robertia, Redoubt Reporter. Students at Tustumena Elementary School spread soil, dig holes and plant willows and garden crops last week as part of Schoolyard Habitat project.

Cultivating learning experience — Kasilof students digging the opportunity to grow

By Joseph Robertia, Redoubt Reporter

For some students, particularly those living in metropolitan or urban areas, learning about wildlife and wilderness habitats is an abstract concept learned from books or seen only by taking field trips. Not so for Alaska kids. They need only look out the window to see the woods and quite possibly a moose or some other wild animal.

Wanting to capitalize on the unique opportunities afforded students in this area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed the Schoolyard Habitat program, which aims to make school grounds more hospitable to wildlife, while simultaneously providing a place for children to learn about and connect with nature.

Now in its second full year, the program has expanded to three peninsula schools — Kaleidoscope School of Art and Sciences in Kenai, Sterling Elementary and Tustumena Elementary in Kasiof, which took on an ambitious end-of-the-year project.

“It doesn’t look like much now, but come back in five years,” said Dan Funk, (Kenai Soil & Water Conservation) District Schoolyard Habitat coordinator, about the fenced-in, 60-by-40-foot area adjacent to Tustumena Elementary. Fifth- and sixth-grade students spread topsoil, dug holes and planted 200 willow saplings, as well as some garden foods, last week. …

Full article: https://redoubtreporter.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/cultivating-learning-experience-kasilof-students-digging-the-opportunity-to-grow/

Winning Posters 2014

Thank you to all the students who participated, and congratulations to this year’s winners of the annual conservation poster contest!

Poster Contest Winners Announced!

The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased to announce the winners of the annual conservation poster contest. This year’s theme – Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil – challenged students to learn about and convey through artwork the complex living world beneath our feet.  

First place winners in each age category (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th) win $50 and the chance to compete in the state-level competition. Second place in each age group wins $30, and third place wins $20. All winners will be honored at the Central Peninsula Garden Club meeting to be held at 7 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building. Winners of the state level contest proceed to a national competition sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

This year’s local contest was co-sponsored by Central Peninsula Garden Club, Kenai Watershed Forum, UAF-Cooperative Extension Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Kenai Field Office.

CONTEST WINNERS

Prize Name Grade School Age Teacher
Grades K-1
1st Daniel Steffensen 1st Connections

6

parents
Grades 2-3
1st Emelia Malone 3rd Mt. View

8

Mrs. Morrow
Grades 4-6
1st Maria Shaginoff 6th KMS

12

Mrs. Beck
2nd Arielle Hamar 6th KMS

11

Mrs. Beck
2rd Kaylee Lauritsen 6th KMS

11

Mrs. Rolph
3rd Sammy Baker 6th KMS

11

Mrs. Beck
3rd Owen Rolph 6th KMS

11

Mrs. Beck

 

2014 Poster Contest: Dig Deeper!

The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District is happy to announce a poster contest open to students in grades K-12 in Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling, Kasilof and Clam Gulch. The theme of this local, state, and national contest, “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the soil,” gets kids learning and thinking about the living world beneath our feet. The contest is co-sponsored by the Central Peninsula Garden Club, Kenai Watershed Forum, 4-H/Cooperative Extension Service and NRCS. First prize winners in each age category (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, 10th-12th) win $50 and the chance to compete in the state-level competition. Second place in each age group wins $30, and third place wins $20.

Posters are due September 30, 2014 and may be dropped off at any of the following locations:

Kenai Watershed Forum — 44129 Sterling Highway, Soldotna

4-H/Cooperative Extension Office — 43961 K-Beach Road

Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District —110 Trading Bay, Suite 160, Kenai

Contest Information and Entry Form

Poster Design Tips

2013 National Contest Winners

Good luck!

 

Statewide Poster Contest Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to Tait Cooper, of Mountain View Elementary School, and Cloey Followell, of Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences!   Tait was the first-place winner in the K-1st grade contest at the state level and Cloey took second place in the contest for grades 4-6.  Both will receive cash prizes of $50 and $30 respectively and Tait’s poster will go on to the national contest.  View their winning posters here.

Stay-tuned for the 2014 Conservation Poster Contest.  The theme is: “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil”! 

Poster Contest Winners 2013

Poster Contest Winners Announced!

The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased to announce the winners of the annual conservation poster contest. This year’s theme — Where Does Your Water Shed? – challenged students to learn about the special place we live, the Kenai River Watershed, and to convey through artwork ways to take care of the fresh water that we need each day. First place winners in each age category (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th) win $25 and the chance to compete in the state-level competition. Second place in each age group wins $15, and third place wins $10. All winners will be honored at a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce to be held at noon, Nov. 6, 2013 at the Kenai Visitors Center.  Winners of the state level contest proceed to a national competition sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

This year’s local contest was co-sponsored by Kenai Watershed Forum, 4-H/Cooperative Extension Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Kenai Field Office.

Prize Name Grade School Age Teacher
Grades K-1
1st Tait Cooper 1st Mt. View 7 Ms. Young
2nd Cole Langham 1st Aurora Borealis 6 Mrs. Harding
3rd Samuel Klein 1st Aurora Borealis 7 Mrs. Harding
Grades 2-3
1st Ashley Dahlman 3rd Kaleidoscope 8 Mrs. Stroh
2nd Daniel Shelden 3rd Kaleidoscope 8 Mrs. Stroh
3rd Madison McDonald 3rd Kaleidoscope 8 Mrs. Stroh
Grades 4-6
1st Cloey Followell 5th Kaleidoscope 10 Mrs. Andrea
2nd Sadie Daly 6th Kaleidoscope 11 Ms. Hackbarth
3rd Virginia Orth 6th Kaleidoscope 11 Ms. Harper
Grades 7-9
1st Jaedyn Gale 8th Connections 14 homeschool

 

 

“Where Does Your Water Shed?” Poster Contest

The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District is happy to announce a poster contest open to students in grades K-12 in Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling, Kasilof and Clam Gulch.  The theme of this local, state, and national contest, “Where Does Your Water Shed?,” gets kids learning and thinking about the special place we live — the Kenai River Watershed –and how to take care of the fresh water that we need each day.  The contest is co-sponsored by Kenai Watershed Forum, 4-H/Cooperative Extension Service and NRCS.  First prize winners in each age category (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, 10th-12th) win $25 and the chance to compete in the state-level competition.  Second place in each age group wins $15, and third place wins $10.

Posters are due September 30, 2013 and may be dropped off at any of the following locations:

Kenai Watershed Forum — 44129 Sterling Highway, Soldotna

 4-H/Cooperative Extension Office — 43961 K-Beach Road

Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District  —110 Trading Bay, Suite 160, Kenai

Click the link below to download contest rules, watershed learning resources, and contest entry form.  Good luck!

Contest Info and Entry Form