04/07/2005 - KFT Adds Education Coordinator to Its StaffKenai Fjords Tours is happy to announce the addition of a new member to its all-star team. Jena Kalli, education coordinator, is responsible for managing both the Seward and Whittier Marine Science Explorer programs. This award-winning program has been operating in Seward for ten years and in Whittier for three years. More than 31,000 people have participated in the programs since their formation.
Originally from New Jersey, Jena Kalli received a degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon where she did a two-year education internship at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Kalli came to Alaska in search of a job in 2002 after working for Pan-American Consultants, Inc. as an archeological field technician. After taking a Kenai Fjords Tours Northwestern Fjord cruise Kalli was sure she wanted to relocate and work with the company.
“Jena is going to do a fantastic job and will give the program a needed burst of energy,” says Leslie Jacoby, past education coordinator and captain of Kenai Fjords Tours. “Her prior experience in museum education and archeological field work, as well as her B.S. in anthropology, will aid her in this new endeavor.”
Throughout the past ten years, Kenai Fjords Tours’ education programs have received state and national recognition from The National Education Association of Alaska, The Alaska Land Manager’s Forum and The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.
The Marine Science Explorer Program combines creativity, science and the spectacular learning environments of Seward and Whittier, creating a floating laboratory for students of all ages. Students take water samples, examine plankton underneath microscopes, view mammals and sea birds in their natural environment, and much more. Students also learn about glacial ice, bird counting and observation, weather and navigation, and the geology of the regions.
To learn more or get rates and dates, contact Jena Kalli at 907-224-4554 or [email protected]
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