Rotterdam’s shore excursions manager Eva Marti submitted this note from the crew’s recent Whales and Glaciers Citizen Science Adventure in Juneau, Alaska.
During the shore excursion guests trek through Alaska’s famed Stephen’s Passage and the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area where they get hands-on experience collecting water samples, plankton and recording ocean temperature readings. The data collected from guests during the excursion is used by actual scientists currently studying the marine and glacial environments of Southeast Alaska.
A reporter with the “Juneau Empire” newspaper went on the “Whales and Glaciers – Citizen Science Adventure” tour in Juneau yesterday with 12 of our guests. Everyone had a lovely time!
Gastineau Guiding (the local tour operator) works with a non-profit organization called “Discovery Southeast” as this tour that qualifies for “Continuing Education Course Credit” – nationally accredited through the University of Alaska and NCATE. One of our guests who participated in the tour, Ms. Lane, will be the first one to try this out and she is very excited to be able to participate in this experience. She has already been given instructions and assignments to complete her credits.
Shore Excursions Manager, ms Rotterdam
Link to ‘The Science Behind the Scenery’ article by clicking here.