Introducing Mystery Class #10
Nelson Lagoon, Alaska 55.917 N, 161.000 W
Greeting From the Bering Sea!
Hello, we are students from the remote Alaska Native village of Nelson Lagoon. Our
community is located about 700 miles southwest of Anchorage , and only has a population
of 85 people. We are on the shores of the Bering Sea. You can only get here by small
plane or by boat.
Hello from Nelson Lagoon
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Our School, Nelson Lagoon School, is a Pre K-12 school located just off the western
end of the Alaska Peninsula. It is a "Bush school" - meaning a public school
located off the road system. Most residents are of Aleut Native heritage.
Nelson Lagoon Map
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We have 23 students in school from preschool to 12th grade, although this fluctuates
with various fishing and hunting seasons. Mrs. Concilus is our teacher in the Kindergarten
through 6th grade room and Mr. Concilus teaches the 7th-12th grades.
The school has an open floorplan,with the single, large room divided by moveable
sections into four main areas: two main classrooms; a small library; and a computer
/ stage area There is also a separate Industrial Arts room with some woodworking
and other shop equipment. Finally,there is a multipurpose room, used mostly as a
gymnasium, which is available for community use three nights each week.
Here's our school
School here is like the old one-room schoolhouses America used to have, except
that we have modern computers. Everybody helps each other. In many ways we are more
like a family than a class. Besides, lots of us are related to each other anyway.
Learn More About Nelson Lagoon School on our Website:
Best Scenery in the World
Most people think we have some of the best scenery in the world: volcanoes sticking
10,000 feet into the air right out of the ocean, bears, whales of many kinds, and
lots of endangered water birds - like the emperor goose.
The salmon runs attract the famous Alaska brown bear to this region. Bear tracks
along the black sand beaches of Nelson Lagoon are very common. The bears swim across
the lagoon or walk up the spit from the main land to catch their share of salmon
Caribou are not far away, and the Peninsula supports moose, wolves, many small fur
bearing animals. Nearby Izembek Wildlife refuge has one of the largest annual gatherings
of waterfowl (geese & ducks) in theworld. We see many of these as they gather
twice a year to migrate.
Live From Nelson Lagoon
We also have some of the most interesting weather: winds often top 100 miles per
hour, snow happens in every month of the year, and we have no trees because they
can't survive the climate.
Rainbow at Nelson Lagoon
Check out our live weather station, and live weather camera if you are interested
in seeing how lucky you are to live where you do ;-)
Working at Sea
The majority of the people here fish for salmon and crab for a living.
Most families have boats in the 35-50 foot range, and fish the saltwater lagoon behind
the village for the seasonal runs of red and silver salmon. Others also work on larger
boats in the most dangerous profession in the United States - fishing for Alaskan
King Crab and other crab species during the middle of the winter. Brrr. Ice often
sinks these boats because the spray freezes all over the ship, making them roll over
from being lopsided.
We have really enjoyed this project, and hope you have had fun with our clues. We
also hope to add videos of gray whales to our web site by the middle of April. We
always consider their arrival a big sign that spring is here.
Thanks, Journey North, for allowing us to participate.
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