Coastal Communities For Science: A Bering Sea Partnership

January 1st, 2004 - December 31st, 2008 | PROJECT

Coastal Communities for Science: A Bering Sea Partnership is a 3-year program of collaboration among the WWF-US, four Alaska native rural communities and regional scientists investigating the ecology of the Bering Strait. Its primary purpose is to advance youth interaction with science and it proposes to achieve this by engaging young people from high school and beyond to conduct research with scientists. The project which involves training community youth on science and research methods, capacity building of informal educators in these rural communities to lead and encourage field-based programs, inclusion of community elders in the overall learning and communication of science concepts and the creation of a model of collaboration. The science content, an amalgam of community interest and researcher interest, is grounded in local environmental and economic issues. With WWF's support and electronic technology, this has the potential of being a model project that is broadly disseminated at local, regional and national levels.

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Team Members

Lara Hansen, Principal Investigator, World Wildlife Fund US


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0337236
Funding Amount: 1200352


Access and Inclusion: Rural
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists | Seniors | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Nature of science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Citizen Science Programs | Community Outreach Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs