2002 Funded Projects
The National Park Service funds projects in partnership with community organizations and academic institutions. The topics are of scientific and local importance in the Beringia Region of western Alaska and eastern Chukotka. Projects are from one to three years in length and include Russian collaboration through comparative studies, exchange and training of participants, or translation of final reports.
We are still populating project descriptions starting with the most recent projects and working back. In 2011, we will add information such as collaborators and categories, and create links to downloadable files including: project proposal, abstract, annual progress reports, and final report or other deliverables (such as photos).
Arctic Observations: Student Journals
Partner: Seward Sea Life Center
Contact: Mike Davis
A web-based writing curriculum is being developed for use in northern schools. The emphasis is to use the unique experience of students who live in the Arctic. They will maintain journals on natural and cultural observations and will develop web and graphics products based on the material written. Specialized topics will include conservation and NPS related material.
Partner: University of Alaska Museum
Contact: Dan Odess
A museum craftsman will be trained to reproduce Beringian artifacts housed in museum collections around the world. This training will facilitate further study of the collections in Alaska. These museum quality reproductions will also be used as educational materials for use in regional village schools.
Chukotka Tourism Training and Development
Partner: University of Alaska
Contact: Tandy Wallack
Tourism is just developing in Chukotka and Alaska companies are adding on Russian tours in their travel packages. Training is conducted in Nome, Kotzebue and Anchorage for local Russian tour operators and crafts people on how to conduct tourism on protected lands. Current Russian regulations will also be discussed. The group will visit local area businesses to study various aspects of the tourism industry.
Trunks Across the Bering Sea
Partner: World Wildlife Fund
Contact: Evie Witten
WWF conducted teacher environmental training for three Alaskan and three Russian village schools during Beringia Days 2002. The schools will now work on common projects during the school year and hold competitions for the best material. Russian students and teachers will travel to Alaska to attend a final workshop of teachers and students.