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Shoemaker selected new district 4-H agent for the Kenai Peninsula


December 22, 2016 | View PDF

Kay Shoemaker is the new district 4-H agent for the Kenai Peninsula.

Shoemaker welcomes the opportunity to work with leaders to coordinate 4-H programs on the Peninsula and to reach other youth, particularly through science and outdoor education. She will support Kenai's strong livestock and shooting sports programs but hopes to introduce youth to other programs and experiences.

"I want to offer them new things they've never tried before," she said.

She mentions traditional indigenous sports activities such as spear making and throwing, which are part of a physics of flight program that includes sessions on archery, ravens and hot air balloons.

Shoemaker grew up in Portland, Oregon, and earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Linfield College. Shortly after graduating, she began volunteering at a remote indigenous community in Mexico's Baja Peninsula. She found that students were eager to learn when they were outside and became more receptive to classroom learning after being outdoors. Since then, she has taught science education at camps in Oregon and Alaska and worked for Girl Scouts in both states for 11 years. She became a natural resources and science 4-H agent in 2013, and earned a Master of Science in outdoor education from Alaska Pacific University that same year.

Shoemaker will work out of the Soldotna district office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and may be contacted at 907-262-5834.


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