The Bureau of Land Management paired up with the Anchorage School District to hold the 38th Outdoor Week program, which began on Tuesday. An official says roughly 1,700 sixth graders from the Anchorage area will attend the four-day long event at the Campbell Creek Science Center.
Each day, the students have a chance to visit several education stations such as: Bear Awareness, Iditarod National Historic Trail, and Water Flow Studies. An official of the Campbell Creek Science Center said gold panning is the students' favorite station every year.
Jeff Brune, Manager of the Campbell Creek Science Center, said the goal of the program is to elevate students' knowledge of their outdoor environments and inspire them to start thinking about a future career. "Events like outdoor week is a great opportunity to inspire kids not only to be in touch with the outdoors, but to consider careers in natural resource management," he said.
Bud Cribley, BLM-Alaska State Director, said "Outdoor week is one way we can help children see multiple use management in action and encourage them to develop a lasting connection to their public lands."
The Outdoor Week event concludes on Friday.