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Dzantik’i Heeni students from the Shooting Star House completed their school year studying ecology and how humans use the resources of Southeast Alaska. To help provide students a hands-on learning experience relative to these topics, Gastineau Guiding graciously donated two chartered whale-watching tours for 40 students at no charge. While on the tours, interpreters taught students about invasive species, specifically the European Green Crab. Students also learned about humpback whale migration, diet and behavior.


The teachers of Shooting Star House would like to publicly thank Gastineau Guiding for this generous donation to help students in our community. Specifically, we would like to recognize Bob Janes and Jason Thomas for their time and work coordinating the logistics necessary to accommodate our 40 middle school students.

This experience helped local children gain a deeper understanding of the subjects they were learning in the classroom and to develop a greater appreciation for the amazing region in which we live. Thank you again, Gastineau Guiding, for this unique experience for our students at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School.

Shooting Star Science Teachers

Dave Kovach, 7th/8th Grade Math & Science Teacher

Jay Watts, 7th/8th Grade Math & Science Teacher

Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School


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