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1,760 Students to Attend Outdoor Week

ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management’s Campbell Creek Science Center and the Anchorage School District are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Outdoor Week, the single largest event of the year at the Science Center. All this week, Anchorage area sixth-grade students are learning about the natural world through hands-on learning activities. Instructors from state, federal, and community organizations will guide students through a series of learning stations including:

·         the ever-popular gold panning station

·         bear awareness

·         fly tying and fly casting

·         archeology station focused on hunting with atlatl hunting tools

·         water flow and snow studies

·         insects and weather jeopardy

·         Alaskan animal adaptations

Outdoor Week is May 13-16, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. each day. A celebration honoring interagency presenter participants will be held at the Science Center on Friday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m.

“It is amazing to think that we’ve been bringing Outdoor Week to the youth in Anchorage Alaska for four decades,” said Jeff Brune, CCSC Director. “Over the years,   close to 80,000 students have attended this event!”

The BLM Campbell Creek Science Center is located at 68th Avenue & Elmore Road. For more information, contact Project Lead Luise Woelflein at 267-1241.

Note:  The media is invited to the May 16 celebration and luncheon as well as to drop in at any of the learning stations throughout this event.  Please check in at the Science Center for a map with locations!

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The BLM manages 256 million acres – more land than any other federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is located primarily in 12 Western states, including 80 million acres in Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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