As a host of herring arrived in Sitka Sound last week, another school clamored to be out on water. Nineteen students spent their Spring Break at the Knowledge of Herring Camp - a 5-day program that taught students both the cultural and ecological significance of this critical resource.
Sitka National Historical Park Ranger Ryan Carpenter describes the unique partnership behind Herring Camp, a spring-break program for middle school students. Herring Camp mixes contemporary scientific methods with traditional knowledge to give students a well-rounded perspective on this critical resource. With Tribal culture-bearer Chuck Miller, resource protection manager Jeff Feldpausch, and camper Madison Roy-Mercer.
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This year, the Sitka Tribe, Sitka School District and Sitka National Historical Park launched what they hope become a new March tradition: herring camp. During spring break, about fifteen students, in 5th grade through high school, participated in a week of research into herring biology and ecology, along the way learning a little something about what goes on inside this iconic spring fish.