This year's trip, May 12-21, was no exception, taking 15 students on a whirlwind trip around the state to see the resources and meet the people who manage them.
|Amelia Sikes gets ready to tour the GVEA power plant in Healy.|
The field trip was implemented in the 1980s and has been a required course for undergrads ever since. "We wanted our students to have a better understanding of resources in Alaska and how they are managed," Sparrow said. "They get to see everything from agriculture to fishing to mining and management of public lands. Speakers share about their jobs and issues and controversies in their fields."
Trip leader Associate Professor Peter Fix said the field trip gives students exposure to issues they get introduced to in the classroom. "It makes it real and provides tangible examples of current issues."
Students keep journals throughout their travels and at the end of the trip write an essay.
|David Betchkal, soundscape engineer at Denali National Park, points out places on a park map.|
Andrea Perezgao started the trip less than enthusiastic. "I didn't think I would like it," she said. "I wasn't feeling it. But it turned out so much better than I expected. I liked everything. Honestly, I didn't stop learning day and night for 10 days, not only about the environment but the people. I made a ton of friends."
|Emma Rennard surveys the Nenana River.|
Amelia Sikes said the yaks in Delta Junction, the orcas observed at Seward and the animals she saw at the Alaska Sea Life Center were the most wonderful parts. "Climbing Mt. Marathon in Seward was so much fun," she said. "All of it was good and making friendships was really good.
"This whole trip opened my eyes to the reality of NRM. We learned it in class but seeing it and talking to people who do real stuff makes me feel like what I'm doing is important."
|Students paused for a photo at Usibelli Coal Mine.|
Delta Clearwater River
Northern Lights Dairy
Green's Pellet Mill
Alaska Interior Game Ranch
Clearwater River Flood Control Project
Matanuska Experiment Farm
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Russian River Campground
Cooper Creek Campground
Quartz Creek Campground
Kenai Fjords Visitor Center
Kenai Fjords National Park boat tour
tour of Matanuska-Susitna area
Alaska Chip Factory
Valley of the Moon park
Denali National Park
GVEA coal fired power plant, Healy
Usibelli Coal Mine
|Amelia Sikes and Jessica Carter feed a yak at Kaspari Farms in Delta Junction.|
(Thanks to everyone who took the time to meet with UAF students.)