Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

On Monday, October 18th schools across the country will be celebrating 50 days until the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the far northeastern corner of Alaska by flying kites (mark your calendar for the Refuge’s anniversary on December 6th!). And they would love to have your students be a part of the migration! I learned of this from an email from a friend who works in Alaska during her summers.

The kites are symbolic of the birds that travel through your state to the Refuge on their migrations every year. Click here to find out which bird connects your state with the Arctic Refuge! This offers a great way to teach your kids about migration, geography and could even make a great art project. They are providing FREE KITE KITS (for anyone who registers with the educator network) which include all the materials necessary for your students to build and fly the kites as well as a short DVD on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge which can be played for your students. Please email john@alaskawild.org with your name, address, and number of students if your class would like to participate and receive these free materials!

Encourage your friends who are teachers to sign up! For any of your friends who signs up and joins the Educator Network between now and October 18th, they will also receive a free kite kit. Please encourage them to visit www.alaskawild.org/educate and sign up using the form which may be found at the bottom of the page.

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