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Day camp: Juneau Explorers Week at the City Museum

Posted: July 28, 2013 - 12:01am

Aug. 12-16 is Juneau Explorers Week at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The camp is open to youth ages 8-11. Explorers will engage in fun, educational and interactive activities based on rich, local history.

Monday, explorers will learn about the original people who inhabited the area. They will visit exhibits at both the City and Alaska State Museums and look at fish traps, Ravenstail weavings, body armor, weapons and more, all to learn about what life was like when only the Tlingit people lived here.

Tuesday, explorers will visit the AJ Mine with guest hosts Jerry and Beverly Harmon. Explorers will learn about the life of a gold miner and try out gold panning.

Wednesday is about old Juneau. Explorers will hear stories of those who helped build modern Juneau and will get walk the footprint of the town, comparing Juneau then and now. They will also visit some storytellers to hear of the olden days.

Thursday will involve a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier to learn about the ice and rock that shapes the landscape. Explorers should be prepared for a little hike out to Nugget Falls accompanied by a geologist who can provide insight and answer questions.

Friday will be about history today. Explorers will document their lives and what’s happening today through drawings, photos and stories. Participants will create bound, hardcover books to take home and share.

The day camp requires pre-registration and payment. The costs are $180 for the week or $36 per day and include materials fees, transportation and a light snack. Tax is not included in this figure. All activities begin and end at the museum, located at Fourth and Main Streets downtown. To register, or for more information, call 586-3572.

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