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    Kenai Fjords

    National Park Alaska

Art for Parks: Wings Over the Ocean, the Seabirds of Kenai Fjords

2010 Arts for Parks poster

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News Release Date: April 9, 2010
Contact: CJ Rea, (907) 422-0531

This year Kenai Fjords National Park will again be celebrating National Park Week, April 18-25th by bringing an artist into every classroom of the gateway community, Seward, Alaska.

National Park Week is a time when we celebrate our national parks as special places that preserve natural landscapes and our nation’s heritage. Here in Alaska the parks are still covered in snow so we bring the park to the students.

This year 10 local artists will donate their time and talents to all of the Seward classrooms grades K-12. The program, Arts for Parks, brings local artists and students together to create Art about Kenai Fjords National Park. The theme this year will focus on the seabirds of the park. Student artists will create their own interpretations of the local seabirds using many different art forms.

At the completion of the classes, all of the artwork will be displayed at the NPS Information Center for everyone to admire. This year’s opening night for the art show is Friday May 7th from 6-8pm. Kenai Fjords National Park will join with the local artists community in celebrating “First Fridays,” an evening of art openings through-out the town.

Thank you to the artists in our community for enriching all of our lives by sharing their talents with Seward and our local students on behalf of the park.

Did You Know?

Hoary Marmot

The Hoary Marmot is the largest member of the ground squirrels. These guys hibernate half or more of their life away. They have very thick fur and a substantial fat layer that protects them from the cold. You are not as likely to see them on hot days as they hide in the shade to keep cool.