Sitka Conservation Society

About scott

Scott Harris and his family are happily “rooted” in Sitka. Scott is the Watershed Program Manager for SCS and is responsible for developing and implementing habitat restoration and watershed monitoring projects. As a true Leopold-worshipper, he believes that the conservation ethic is rooted in a personal connection with the outdoors. Therefore, all of his projects hope to inspire by involving student and community volunteers. Scott has a wide diversity of work and academic experience. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master’s in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research in Chilean Patagonia focused on economic activities for rural communities to conserve temperate rainforests. He also worked for several years as a Wildlife Research Technician, as a Senior Staff Instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska and Chile, and taught at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka. In his spare time, Scott runs a kayak outfitting company – Latitude Adventures – and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and young son.

Jan 02 2012

Salmon Curriculum Project goes to Tenakee

SCS’s Salmon Curriculum Project recently conducted a Teacher Training Workshop in Tenakee. Because that only means 2 teachers, we decided to involve the entire student population of 10 as well! So far, SCS has conducted 5 of these workshops in communities throughout Southeast Alaska. Our goal is to provide teachers with the tools (field equipment) and resources (lesson plans) to teach about the value of habitat and water quality for wild Alaska salmon. Ed Ronco from Raven Radio joined us.

Click here for the radio story that was aired on the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Jan 02 2012

End of Year Tally – Salmon Outreach Project

In 2011, with funding from the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund, we developed the Salmon For All Ages Project. Now that the year has ended, we can tally our success at spreading the word about the value of our Alaska Wild Salmon and Salmon Habitat to people throughout Southeast Alaska. We developed a curriculum resource guide for teachers, conducted teacher training workshops, aired public service announcements, and developed a university-level course in watershed ecology. Some of our 2011 key statistics:

756             potential number of K-12 Southeast Alaska students exposed to the curriculum

1,342          number of PSA’s aired

14                number or radio stations involved

5                  number of teacher workshops conducted in different communities

5                  number of school districts involved

25                number of teachers involved

Click on this link to hear an example of one of our radio PSAs.


Jan 02 2012

Now Available! Wild Salmon Teacher’s Guide

The Alaska Wild Salmon Teachers’s Guide was created by teachers for teachers.

This 237-page Guide provides curriculum resources that meet Alaska State Performance Standards and Grade Level Expectations for math, science, writing, and cultural requirements. The Guide provides detailed lesson plans for middle school teachers and additional information and resources for elementary and high school teachers.

This Guide was inspired by the successful partnership between the Sitka School District and the US Forest Service. Each year over eighty 7th graders in Sitka participate in a week of classroom and field-based salmon and stream ecology education. The Sitka Conservation Society designed this Guide with a grant from the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund to share these lessons with other Southeast Alaska communities.

Check out some sample pages below. Download the 4 MB guide here, or obtain a copy from the Sitka Conservation Society by contacting Scott Harris at (907) 747-7509 or (907) 738-4091.

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