Are you interested in joining Science Center staff as a volunteer in the aquarium, the hatchery, or as part of educational and community events?  Would you like to know more about the marine life and the natural cycles of our island?  Have you always wondered what those alien looking structures were behind the Science Center?

The Sitka Sound Science Center is excited to introduce a new program called “Behind the Scenes” – a series of fun learning events for adults.  This series will feature stand-alone sessions that explore features of the marine environment that we celebrate at the Science Center.

Join us for one, any, or all of the Behind the Scenes sessions and enjoy learning with others through a fun and engaging hands-on experience!

This event is free, you can join by accepting the invite on our Facebook Event page or just show up; sessions will be on select Wednesdays (see dates below) from 5:30 – 7:00 pm; Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.  For more information, contact Janet Clarke at (907) 747-8878, ext 3.

Proposed Dates and Themes:


January 18  –  Echinoderms:  Sea Stars & Their Cousins (5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Science Center)

The Winter Series begins with a session on Echinoderms – sea stars and their cousins! You don’t know what you have missed if you haven’t examined a live sea urchin under a microscope! Before you leave the Science Center for this session, you will also learn how we siphon our touch tanks, something our critters need to thrive in our aquarium.

Join the event on our Facebook Event Page

February 1  –  60 Feet Under:  The Molly Tank

Our 2nd activity in the Winter Series 2 is 60 Feet Under.  The large aquarium in the lobby of the Science Center represents the marine environment at the depth of 60 feet.  We will identify the creatures in the tank and explore the interactions of the community.   Emily, our Aquarium Manager will teach you how to feed the critters and take care of the tank.

February 22  –  Outmigration ** this date will depend on the salmon’s readiness for outmigration

In our 3rd session of the Winter Series, we’ll introduce Outmigration, the term used in hatcheries to describe the transfer of young salmon from incubation trays to the large round ponds.  Our Aquaculture Director, Angie Bowers, will instruct us in the measurements and calculations used to determine the fry’s readiness to “outmigrate”.  Then we get to help “pond” those fry.  Your family and friends will be amazed at your new knowledge of the aspect of hatcheries few people get to see!



March 8  –  Eco-Discovery and other education programs

March 29  –  60 Feet Under

April 12  –  Molluscs

April 26  –  Salmon Release

May 10  –  Cnidarians