Thanks to volunteers who made DIPAC's events a success

Posted: Sunday, August 02, 2009

DIPAC would like to thank the special volunteers who helped make its education and community events a great success this year to date. Starting off in February, we participated in the Girls Rock Science Day at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center with an edible, educational demonstration making homemade ice cream. Volunteers Alice and Rhys Smoker did yeoman service in educating and feeding the masses.

Our annual spring Seaweek program was held April 6 to 17 in conjunction with the Juneau School District. Over 565 students and adults visited the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Visitor Center to participate in these classes. DIPAC sincerely thanks the following folks for helping make our 2009 Seaweek field trip program so successful: Princess Tours for providing transportation for the school classes, Linda Frame and Marcia Ballard of the Juneau School District for their coordination of the Seaweek program, and all the teachers, parents and friends who provided guidance for the students during the field trips. A special praise goes to our community volunteers who shared their love of marine biology with our students: David Deats, Don Greenberg, Barbara Greening, Kristin Kibby, Carmen McCarty, Maggie Meiners, Julie Nielsen, Susan Sloss and Ashley Troupin. Special thanks also to teachers Ben Carney and Gretchen Kriegmont for sending students our way.

Our community open house for Juneau Appreciation Day was held May 9th and drew about 600 people to check out the hatchery visitor center and enjoy food, craft activities, the aquariums, and our special touch tanks. Special thanks goes to our JDHS and TMHS volunteers who helped with our family activities: Tyler Campbell, Callie Cummins, Brianna Jolermon, John Jones, Maggie Meiners, Chris Pierce and Ben Tamone.

Equally appreciated are our student and community volunteers who helped maintain the aquariums and collect specimens for our aquariums and touch tanks this year: Rachael Beck, Shana Crondahl, Kate Golden, Don Greenberg, Barbara Greening, Patty Hendry, Mark and Betty Johnson, Jon Livermore, Dan Miller, Dave Mitchell, Elliot Nankervis, Larry Olson, Irl Palmer, Jodi Pirtle, Phil Sellick Jr., Deray Sexton, Susan Sloss, Annette Smith, Sherry Tamone and Adrian Wilson.

Coming up in October, we will be hosting our annual Fall Field Trip Salmon Education Program for local students and we welcome volunteers to share about the amazing life of Alaska's salmon. We also welcome volunteers who'd like to assist with our ongoing aquarium collection and maintenance activities. For further information, contact Rich Mattson at 463-1630 or e-mail at

Rich Mattson, EducationCoordinator

Emily Souza, Tourism Director



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