One of our biggest challenges is finding a way to share the Cape Krusenstern experience with those who do not have the opportunity to visit the park in person. In addition to the galleries below, we have a Flickr site, to extend the virtual preserve boundary to encompass all those who love and support our national parks, wherever they may be. Any visitor who would like to volunteer a sample of a trip to Cape Krusenstern National Monument is encouraged to visit our Flickr site to post photos, video clips and journal entries to share with others.
Camp Willow is a free, two-day, overnight, hiking and camping trip just outside of Kotzebue. For kids ages 10 to 15, the campout is filled with games, campfire-building, blueberry picking, and activities that teach kids what it is like to be a park ranger.
Every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer, kids are welcome to come to the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center and participate in their movie story lesson. Park Rangers read the kids a story, serve popcorn, and show a movie that relates to the lesson.
Running Herd… on Fieldwork in the Western Arctic National Parklands is a blog highlighting some of the work being done by archaeologists, wildlife biologists, ecologists, and rangers in northwest Alaska's Noatak National Preserve, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, and Cape Krusenstern National Monument.
It doesn't matter if you call it the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center, the museum, or the visitor's center. Whatever you call it, you're going to want to watch this video showcasing the National Park Service building in Kotzebue, Alaska. In this short tour you'll listen, learn and look at what we are all about. By the end of it, you're going to want to come for visit of your own!
The National Park Service in Kotzebue, Alaska started a new and unique program where the rangers go out into the local Eskimo community looking for kids to talk with and educate. They take the park's pickup truck and try to find the kids where they are out playing. Each week the rangers pick a different topic relating to the parklands and bring along props and games to help illustrate the lesson. Please join us for an evening with the Roving Rangers!
Every summer, 30 miles above the Arctic Circle, kids in the bush village of Kotzebue, Alaska spend two days with park staff to learn about jobs in the National Park Service. They hike and camp and try out lots of tools that rangers use. With 12 million acres of national parks near Kotzebue, there are great jobs close by. One of the best things rangers can do for parks is get local kids excited about nature and history. It helps them think, "Maybe I could be a park ranger some day!" The story of Camp Willow 2012 is told by the campers through the pictures they took and the fun things they did. Being a park ranger is cool, wouldn't you agree?
Bearded seals (Ugruk), the largest of western arctic seals, weigh up to 800 pounds. They appear in June in the waters adjacent to the monument. Despite its short seasonal presence, the light grey bearded seal is a highly important subsistence resource.