Science and Culture Camp

Join Us for Science and Culture Camp 2022!!

Program Dates: July 20 – July 29, 2022
Eligible Students: Any Lower Kuskokwim School District high school students in grades 9 – 12, including incoming 9th graders in the fall of 2021 and seniors who graduate in the spring of 2021.
Location: Bethel, AK + Virtual Activities
Application Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2022
Cost: Free

Apply Here: https://forms.gle/hwXm5T2HARs2TYsJ6

Contact ONC Natural Resources Department at 907-543-2608 x1522 or Gisela Chapa at gchapa@nativecouncil.org with any questions!

JOIN Science and Culture Camp this summer! This year we aim to provide an in-person COVID-19-safe camp with fewer virtual sessions. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 safe protocols and will make adjustments as needed as we get closer to the start of our camp.

The camp will help you gain exposure to a wide variety of career opportunities in fisheries and wildlife sciences as well as in Tribal governance. You will gain new knowledge and skills in the biological sciences and Traditional Knowledge. You’ll be able to spend time with local Elders. You may go out on the river, fishing, berry picking, and harvesting local plants. You will learn more about traditional and western ways of monitoring and managing natural resources. Evenings may be spent playing outdoor sports, learning about stars, exploring the tundra or river, and roasting s’mores by the fire. We will provide options for Bethel and non-Bethel LKSD students to join this program. All program costs are free!

This Science & Culture Camp can also be taken for college credit. Only students who are high school juniors or seniors, are in good academic standing, and have completed 1 biology and 1 math class will be eligible to receive college credit.

Overview 

ONC Natural Resource Department led its first Science and Culture Camp in 2017 intended to introduce local tribal youth to natural resource focused careers and co-led a larger career exploration program targeting Alaska Native Engineering and Science students from the region in 2018. ONC continues these efforts in engaging tribal youth in the natural resource field in hopes of fostering increased interest among youth to serve the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region as advisory council members, managers, research biologists and tribal stewards. ONC conducted a natural resource based summer program with a cultural component and large emphasis on Kuskokwim natural resource management in 2019. In 2021, we partnered with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim University Campus and the Lower Kuskokwim School District to offer college and high school credit for students attending the camp. We are already looking forward to camp this summer! 

This program is funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Youth Initiative and other grantors.

Partners in this program include:

Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G)
Kuskokwim River Intertribal Fish Commission (KRITFC)
Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD)
University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim University Campus (UAF KuC)