For two weeks in June, fifteen students in the Home Base After School Program joined Alaska Geographic and other community partners to explore the trails, glaciers, rainforest, and waters of the Chugach National Forest and Prince William Sound. It marked one of the first on-the-ground programs of the Children’s Forest.
In preparation for their March 2009 trip to West Africa’s upper guinea forest, these fifth through eighth graders learned about the 5.5-million-acre national forest that makes up their own backyard. Themes included lessons in technology, science journaling, and the human and environmental impacts of climate change.
Home Base is an after-school program based in Fairview, with generous funding provided by Shiloh Community Development Inc., Kappa Alpha PSI Alumni Foundation, and Brotherhood Inc. Special thanks for the many generous contributions of the Alaska Railroad, Chugach National Forest staff, REI, the Babkin Charter Boat and its amazing captain and crew, ESRI, and the Alaska Teen Media Institute.