The sitka sound science center presents

SITKA WHALEFEST

November 5 – November 8 2015

ABOUT WHALEFEST

The 19th Annual Sitka WhaleFest is a program of the Sitka Sound Science Center. The event hosts a unique science symposium blending local knowledge and scientific inquiry concerning the rich marine environment of the North Pacific. The festival includes many community and cultural activities such as the science symposium lectures, interactive student sessions, marine wildlife cruises with scientist, a marine themed artisan market, music, local foods, a banquet, art and a fun run/walk.

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FESTIVAL NEWS

2015 Theme

Life on the Boundary

Join us as we explore life and connections along the ocean edges. Each day will cover a unique boundary of the ocean: from the shallow intertidal to the deep ocean and along the edges of ice and glaciers. Speakers will take you on a journey from the history of deep sea exploration, to navigating the changing shorelines ,and finally plunging under the ice to reveal the unique life that exists in this remarkable world.

2015 Science symposium

World-renowned scientists come to Sitka to share their current research findings on a wide range of subjects during a three-day symposium. This innovative science outreach program gives future scientists and lifelong learners opportunities to meet and learn from a diverse group of scientist who are passionate about their research. Each afternoon, symposium participants and guest speakers will explore a daily theme connected to the overall theme of the symposium. Questions and discussion will involve the following topics:

Day 1 
The Shallow Apex: Exploring Where the Ocean and Land Meet

Day 2 
The Deep Edge: The Value of the Benthos

Day 3 
Frozen Border: The Complexities of Ice

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Michael Castellini

NOV

6

The Shallow Apex: Exploring Where the Ocean and Land Meet


 

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Intertidal

1:00 – 1:45 pm


 

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Estuaries 

2:00- 2:45 pm


 

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Changing Shoreline

3:00-3:45 pm

Nov

7

The Deep Edge: The Value of the Benthos


 

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Whale Falls 

1:00 – 1:45 pm


 

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Deep Sea Exploration 

2:00- 2:45 pm


 

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Bioluminescence

3:00-3:45 pm

Nov

8

Frozen Border: The Complexities of Ice 


 

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Under the Ice 

1:00 – 1:45 pm


 

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Tidewater Glaciers 

2:00- 2:45 pm


 

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Summary Talk 

3:00-3:45 pm

General Registration: $95.00   ($75.00 if before October 6th) |Military:$65.00  |Full-Time Student: $50.00  |3 lecture punch card: $35.00 Click here for Printable Schedule

2015 events

Wine & Line

FilmFest

Art Show

Market & Cafe

Science Center Reception

Maritime Grind

5K & 10K Run/Walk

Marine Wildlife Cruise

Art Workshop

Marine Mingle

Banquet

Concert

NOV

5

Student Marine Art Reception

6:30-7:00


WhaleFest FilmFest

7:30-8:30

Nov

6

The Market & Café, Silent Auction, Student Art

11:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker 1

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Speaker 2

2:00- 2:45 pm


Speaker 3

3:00-3:45 pm


Sitka Sound Science Center Reception

5:30 – 7:00 pm


Maritime Grind

7:30 pm

Nov

7

Registration for 5/10K Run or Walk

9:00 am


Start of 5/10K Run or Walk

10:00 am


Marine Wildlife Cruise

9:00 – 11:30 am


Kid’s Art Workshop

9:00 – 12:00 pm


The Market & Café, Silent Auction, Student Art

11:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker 4

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Speaker 5

2:00 – 2:45 pm


Speaker 6

3:00 – 3:45 pm


Marine Mingle

6:00 pm – 6:45pm


Feeding Grounds Banquet

7:00pm

Nov

8

Marine Wildlife Cruise

9:00 – 11:30 am


The Market & Café, Silent Auction, Student Art

11:00 – 4:00 pm


Speaker 7

1:00 – 1:45 pm


Speaker 8

2:00 – 2:45 pm


Speaker 9

3:00 – 3:45 pm


Don Sineti Family Concert

4:30 – 5:30 pm

SITKA, AK

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Beautiful Sitka lies along the coastal edge of Baranof Island in the Tongass National Forest and spectacular Southeast Alaska. This remote community, with its myriad forested islands and rugged coastline, is home to whales and other marine mammals that can be observed each November during Sitka WhaleFest. Enjoy delicious local seafood and shop Sitka’s many galleries and shops. Sitka’s weather this time of year is in the 40′s and lower 50′s. Rain or shine, the celebration will go on!

Contact us

Sitka WhaleFest 834 Lincoln Street Sitka, Alaska 99835
phone: 907.747.8878 ext. 2
email: whalefest@sitkascience.org







Photography credit: Tim Shobe, Foggy Lens Photography, Madison Kosma and Caitlin Blaisdell.