It's a day
some people look forward to all year long. On Saturday, the Kodiak National
will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for salmon camp registration. So far to
date, no one has actually camped outside the door the night before registration
but lines outside the visitor center form early. And while it's not the only
day to register, around 80 percent of the camping slots fill up on the first
marks the 15th time the refuge has put on the camp which is
officially called, "Kodiak Summer Science and Salmon Camp." Locally known as
"Salmon Camp" the summer-long program has a huge following with many of the
campers returning year after year.
The environmental educational
specialist for the refuge is Kristen Donaldson. She says camp activities are
strategically tied to learning objectives but you won't find campers sitting in
a lecture hall.
-- (Salmon Camp 1 "We have a ...
The manager of the visitor's
center is Tina Shaw. She talked about why adults are so eager to sign kids up
for the program.
-- (Salmon Camp 2 "There's
a certain ... part of that.")
The camp is a large undertaking
for the staff of the refuge. Planning takes place year-round then a camp
director and counselors are hired for the summer to carry out the seven-week
program. Donaldson explained why the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thinks its
-- (Salmon Camp 3 "Well,
of course ... spark that interest.")
offered more details on the registration process.
(Salmon Camp 4 "It opens this ...
Saturday the third.")
She said there are also some
scholarships for camp based on need. Depending on age group the camp costs from
75 dollars a week for the youngest campers to 225 dollars for junior high
"Adventure Camp." The scholarships are provided by Alaska Geographic, which is
the store located within the visitor's center at 402 Center Street.