Outdoors with teachers
Yadaa.at Kalé means beautifully adorned face, of slopes rising northeast from the highschool named for them (JDH). On thurs-fri-sat, Oct 13-15, for STEAM-2022, Discovery naturalist Steve Merli and I held back-to-back outings for our heroines and heroes, educators from this and surrounding school districts. It’s been a long time since I asked these most precious public servants to sit through yet another indoor presentation—however dear, or ‘seated’ the subject might seem to me. As a servant-to-servants, I love watching those first deep breaths they take, leaving the building, for 90 minutes playing with giant trees, mountain goats, and Dzanti’ki Héeni tideflats.
Those, ostensibly, were subjects of our ‘outings.’ Sure, we could call em something more staid and less like recess: classes, workshops, or seminars. But since about March, 2020, when much of the ‘fun’ was drained from ‘learning,’ it’s felt to me like education needs more fresh air than formality. Those side-doors of Yadaa.at Kalé are escape-hatches, not only from but to.
For those wanting to pursue trees, goats and Seawalk in greater depth, we passed around signup sheets for followup resource-links. My lists below may also serve to elucidate the sitemap hierarchy of JuneauNature. Note that because most links are to ‘free-floating’ non-hierarchical ‘content pages,’ you can actually drill down to them through several different pathways: content (NATURE, CULTURE), geography (PLACES), technology (TOOLS), institution (SCHOOLS), or Media types. Paths shown here demonstrate those alternate routes.
Giant trees of Áak’w Aaní
Beginning with a ‘cookie’ from J-town’s currently most famous tree, who smashed houses on Gastineau Avenue, Sept-26, we sloshed up a dissolving access road to an immeasurably old, balding yán (western hemlock) with chʼáakʼ hít, eaglenest, in its crown. We also admired 160-foot tall Brave Outlier, shéiyi (Sitka spruce), a Nettleslide ‘bowling pin’ that 300 years of avalanches from Shaa Tlaax̱, moldy top (Mt J-word) have failed to topple.
● SCHOOLS>of Aakw&Taaku>Harborview>Special trees in Nettleslide Eagle-eye orbits.
● NATURE>Geology>Surficial-geology>Mass-wasting>Avalanche mapping Releases in Nettleslide (Behrends path)
● TOOLS>Landmark Trees As with other category pages, scroll down from In this section to see many more related resources.
● NATURE>Habitats>Terrestrial>Forests>Tree hunting manual Tips for finding, measuring, and documenting our most magnificent forests.
● PLACES>Aakw&TaakuWatersheds>AngooxaYe>Digital Fish Creek. Hydrology in the point cloud; a new way to look at forests.
Mountain goats of Áak’w Aaní
Thanks to many eyes, we found goats even in Thursday’s low-ceiling downpour. And on Friday, clearing skies revealed quite a few. As for post-outing supplementary resources, JuneauNature probably has more on Jánwu and Goatlandia than for any other subject:
● NATURE>Critters>Mammals>Hooved>Mountain goat. Scroll below In this section for more
● TOOLS>Photography>Motioncam>108 days on mtn-goat winter range. One of our most popular videos.
● ADFG page on goat identification. Includes a fun quiz
● NATURE>Habitats>Terrestrial>Steep-places>Autumn in Goatlandia. The period when Jánwu is closely observable from downtown schools coincides almost exactly with the school year. It begins with the rut and ends with birth of ~7-pound kids.
Seawalk for educators
For many downtown residents, Seawalk has given us back our waterfront—barricaded behind Egan Expressway from mid-1970s to 2018. But so far it’s been underutilized by city schools, and at Discovery, we’re hoping to change that. Friday morning, Steve and I fomented yet another breakout, from the 3rd-floor overpass escape hatch, through harbor backchannels to The Whale, thence down onto the flats. Who needs bus-or-carpool?
● PLACES>Aakw&TaakuWatersheds>Dzanti’ki Héeni category page for our Downtown-schools’ watershed.
● CULTURE>Enter the Europeans>Blackwell City-walk info packet inspired by Discovery friend & benefactor Mike Blackwell.
● NATURE>Habitats>Coastal>Seawalk-series ‘pageflippers’ and stereopairs for Dzanti’ki Héeni outlet. Created for the City during Seawalk construction. And just to make the point, same link by another path: SCHOOLS>Aakw&TaakuAani>Yadaa.atKale> . . . and scroll below In this section for the Dzanti’ki Héeni delta series page.