Idaho students take in marine enviornment and local culture
Submitted by Dot Bardarson
Ninth grade students from Riverstone International School visit Dot Bardarson’s studio on Nash Road.
A group of ninth grade students from the Riverstone International School in Boise, Idaho recently visited Seward on their summer trip to Alaska.
The group first visited the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage and learned about the subterranean structures once widely used by Native peoples, and totem poles and the rich spiritual and oral history that breathes life into this art form.
While in Seward the group immersed themselves in the marine environment by kayaking in Sunny Cove, taking a boat tour of Kenai Fjords and visited the Alaska SeaLife Center.
They also visited Seavey’s Itidaride where they learned about mushing and entered a name-the-pup contest.
To learn more about the area arts, they visited the studio of Dot Bardarson where they learned of the Seward Mural Society projects and Bardarson’s painting.
This year’s enrichment trip was the first for the school and they are hoping to return.
Riverstone International School is an independent school that offers an education based on the programs and philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Through a strong foundation built on the five pillars of academic excellence, international understanding, community and service, leadership by example and outdoor education.