Wow! Talk about a busy day. Today began with a lot of interesting information about photography and taking good pictures for journaling. Teacher Bill Schmoker gave us some excellent tips about taking good photos to tell a story. Have you ever thought about being a photographer or using photographs to tell a story?

    Betsy in the hibernation den
    Betsy is a PolarTREC teacher and an excellent mentor to this year's group.

    Then, we went on to talk about using video. I think that creating, shooting, editing, and publishing a video is such a cool process. It takes a lot of time, but when it is done well, it can be a really powerful product. I have a lot of new respect for videographers and others involved in making movies.

    Museum of the North

    Then, we were off to the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. It's a fascinating place detailing the rich natural, economic, political and social history of Alaska. I've been there before, but every time I go there I see something new. Check out some pictures from the adventure...

    polar bear statue
    The polar bear is an important symbol of the Arctic.

    The Museum houses a collection of some of Alaska's predators, like the wolf.

    arctic fox
    Here's an arctic fox! This fox has a different colored coat in the summer and the winter. Can you guess why?

    brown bear
    This is a juvenile brown bear.

    UAF Experimental Farm

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks maintains an experimental farm, complete with a reindeer herd. We visited this facility when I was here in February 2011. It was a treat to stop back at a location that I recognized.

    A trip to the University of Alaska Fairbanks would not be complete without a stop by the experimental farm and a visit with the reindeer.

    Fairbanks, Alaska
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