Friday, April 29, 2022: Vanderbilt Creek wetlands clean-up. Jensen-Olson Arboretum Family Beach Day. UAS Summer Career Academy.

Vanderbilt Creek, the focus of the Southeast Alaska Land Trust’s clean-up this Saturday, is adjacent to a rapidly developing commercial and industrial area. Due to water quality concerns, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation lists it as an impaired waterbody (Photo courtesy of SEALT).

As they say, many hands make light work. That’s what the Southeast Alaska Land Trust is counting on for this year’s community wide spring clean-up.

On this Friday’s Juneau Afternoon, some “trash talk” today about the importance of keeping trash where it belongs, out of the wetlands and in the landfill.

Also on this program:

  • Sunday’s Family Beach Day at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum
  • How students can take courses in health science, construction trades and diesel mechanics at the UAS Summer Career Academy.
Andy Kline hosts Juneau Afternoon on Fridays.

Andy Kline hosts this Friday’s program. You can catch Juneau Afternoon, Tuesday through Friday, live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3.  The rebroadcast airs at 7:00 p.m. on KTOO. You can also listen online at ktoo.org.

For more information about Juneau Afternoon or to schedule time on the show, email juneauafternoon@ktoo.org.

Part 1: Juneau Community Wetlands Clean-up starts at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, April 30th

Guests: Nancy Waterman, Southeast Alaska Land Trust board member.
 

Organizers of this year’s citywide spring clean up say Benjamin Franklin described the spirit of this Juneau rite of spring best: “The good we can do together surpasses the good we can do alone.” The Southeast Alaska Land Trust is hoping to recruit plenty of volunteers to help haul trash out of the Vanderbilt Creek wetlands.

 

Part 2: Family Beach Day at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum, a chance to explore plant and animal life.

Guests: Corinne Conlon, Friends of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum.
 

Family Beach Day is geared for families with small children (Photo courtesy of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum).

 

There’s much to see on the rocky shores and sandy beaches of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum, especially at low tide. This Sunday, the tide will be out at 8:20 a.m. Families are asked to gather at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum 20 minutes earlier. You may want to bring small shovels and a container for your kids, so they can share their discoveries (The creatures will later be returned to the places where they were found). Volunteers will be stationed at various places on the beach to help families discover plants and animals in the area.

 

Part 3: UAS summer program: A chance for high school students to earn college credit and explore careers

Guests: Tina Ryman, UAS STEPS Program Coordinator. Mary McEwen, Director of Southeast Alaska Area Health Education Center.
 

The UAS Summer Career Academy is a week-long program that gives high school students a head start on college courses and career certification.

 

Part 4: Stargazing with Steve Kocsis: April ends with a Black Moon.

Guests: Steve Kocsis, Marie Drake Planetarium.
 

April is a month that was marked by a number of celestial events, including two new moons.

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