Kenai Fjords' Next Wave of Stewards

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Stories from the Youth Conservation Corps members and Student-Ranger-Students working and learning at Kenai Fjords National Park this summer.

Fighting the Insidious Invasion

August 18, 2013 Posted by: Hannah Beutler

We live with yellow flowers blooming in our backyard every summer. Dandelions are just a part of life as we know it. Children play games with them and stain their clothes with the yellow blossom. Something we don't often realize is that these plants are invasive non-native flowers. But if they haven't been here forever, where did they come from?


Season's Farewells

August 14, 2013 Posted by: Sebastian Kratz, Robin McKnight, Michaela Headley

Three interpretive YCCs reflect on their summer here, and bid farewell to Kenai Fjords for the winter.


Three More Useful Plants at Exit Glacier

August 12, 2013 Posted by: Lindsey Kromrey

Twisted stalk, single delight, and devil's club are edible and/or medicinal plants found in the Exit Glacier area.


Out in the Fjords

July 25, 2013 Posted by: Hannah Beutler

This week our work led us from Seward to Aialik Bay, where the Ranger Station served as our base camp while working on two projects.


Three Stories of Exit Glacier

July 18, 2013 Posted by: Robin McKnight, Sebastian Kratz, Griffin Plush

Adventure on the Harding Icefield Trail, The Possibility of Wildlife Sightings in Alaska, Blue Gold


An Avian Mystery and A Great Escape

July 15, 2013 Posted by: Michaela Headly and Robin McKnight

Two interpretative YCCs share their recent experiences at Exit Glacier.


Cow Parsnip at Exit Glacier

July 12, 2013 Posted by: Lindsey Kromrey

Cow parsnip, also known by the Russian name Pushki, is found in moist fields, woodlands and alpine meadows. It is recognizable by its large segmented leaves and the white flowers growing in an umbrella-like cluster at the top of the plant. This plant is found along the trails at Exit Glacier (in Kenai Fjords National Park) as well as along the nearby highways.


Fragile Life on the Harding Icefield Trail

July 09, 2013 Posted by: Hannah Beutler

A Student-Ranger-Student introduces herself and shares her first experience working with the Park's Resource Management team on the Harding Icefield Trail.


Useful Plants and a Hopeful Chance

July 03, 2013 Posted by: Lindsey Kromrey and Sebastian Kratz

Two more stories from a Student-Ranger-Student and a YCC at Exit Glacier: One useful and tasty plant, and one shift in perspective.


Poems and Interest Piqued

July 02, 2013 Posted by: Robin McKnight and Griffin Plush

Two interpretive YCCs share their early thoughts on working at Exit Glacier.


First Impressions on the Job

June 30, 2013 Posted by: Miles Knotek

Early June marked my entrance into the YCC program in Kenai Fjords National Park. As a YCC in the Resource Management department, I have the role of working with the Exotic Plant Management Team. In my first few weeks, we've been faced with a number of tasks. Invasive plant species have of course been at the forefront of all the tasks we do, so hunting for them has been our number one priority.


Into the Bay (and Introductions)

June 18, 2013 Posted by: Max Odland

Last Thursday, Kenai Fjords National Park's Youth Conservation Corps members (YCCs) and Student-Ranger-Students traveled to Aialik Bay to experience Holgate Glacier and the park's magnificent fjords and marine life. YCCs and Student-Ranger-Students are students who work at Kenai Fjords throughout the summer, keeping the park at its best while gaining valuable experience in conservation. This summer's YCCs and Student-Ranger-Student working in Interpretation introduce themselves.


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