Youth Area Watch

Youth Area Watch students participating in killer whale surveys in Prince William SoundIn 1995, the Trustee Council launched the Youth Area Watch (YAW) program with the objective of involving youth from spill area communities in the science behind the restoration effort. Students have participated in YAW from Cordova, Tatitlek, Valdez, Whittier, Chenega Bay, Seward, Nanwalek, Port Graham, Seldovia, Akhiok, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Kodiak City, Karluk, Chiniak and Port Lions. These students (grades 7-12) work with scientists on oil spill research both in the field and in the laboratory.

Projects in which students have participated include: Youth Area Watch students learning how to collect water samples for laboratory testing

  • Harbor seal biosampling
  • Seabird monitoring
  • Identifying and photographing killer whales
  • Analyzing chemicals found in intertidal mussels
  • Collecting oceanographic data on cruises
  • Sampling juvenile herring in Prince William Sound