Teachers Bring the Ocean Floor to Students at the 8th Annual Dockside Discovery Day

May 30, 2018

4th Grade teacher Mary Heimes allows her students to push just once a year: on Dockside Discovery Day!
Credit Ronan Gray

The 8th Annual Dockside Discovery Day was last Wednesday, May 23rd at the Robert Storrs Small Boat Harbor. Coordinated by Missy Good from the UAF Alaska Sea Grant program, students from the Eagles View Elementary and from Unalaska City School spent the day learning about our local marine life and much more.

This year, there were nine activity stations with different organizations hosting and running each station. 

Lauren Snyder of the Museum of the Aleutians talks about archeological digs and tools from the Aleutian Islands
Credit Ronan Gray

The Unalaska Divers Association dockside marine organisms, the City of Unalaska Department of Ports and Harbors taught kids about life jacket safety, the City of Unalaska Department of Ports and Harbors taught knot tying, the Museum of the Aleutians taught about archeological digs, ADF&G taught marine debris and fisheries management, the CVB lead the tidepooling activity, the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Fire Department led a course in fire safety, Unisea led a tour of the facility, and the United States Coast Guard led the students in a variety of games.

A representative from the United States Coast Guard leads the students in a weighty version of tug-of-war.

It was a beautiful day to be outside and students seemed to enjoy the event. Thanks to Missy Good and all of the organizations who participated to make this event a success!