How many southeast Alaskan species can you spot?
July 4th, 2011 and 2012, kids and adults in our community were invited to join Discovery Southeast in a "Parade of Species" at the Juneau and Douglas Fourth of July Parades. We had costume workshops during art project time at Outdoor Explorers summer day camp, and at our local art studio The Canvas. We plan to keep the event going, and celebrate our 3rd annual Parade of Species this 4th of July! Even if you aren't participating in Outdoor Explorers, you can still be a part of the Parade of Species. Call 463-1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name down on our list of participants.
A jellyfish and an eagle are obscured slightly by our very own walking and talking western hemlock tree
- Choose an animal, bird, insect, fish, plant, or fungus found in southeast Alaska!
- Try to incorporate natural or recycled materials into the creation of your costume
- Restrictions: no motorized vehicles
- More than one person may be a part of the same costume
- Already have a costume from another event? You can use that!
- All ages welcome
Orca, dall sheep, mountain goat, and deer.
Other towns do a Parade of Species too. Look at photos from other parades for inspiration.
- Procession of Species in Olympia, Washington
- Parade of Species in Sitka
- All Species Parade in Brunswick, Maine
Which DSE naturalist is hidden under this mountain goat costume?
What will your costume be? Check the links for ideas. These lists are not comprehensive - they're just meant to get you thinking about the possibilities...
- Parade of Species Costume of the Day: Migratory Shore Birds; Jellyfish; Winged Critters
- Alaska Wildlife Notebook Series
- Some plant life of southeast Alaska
- Some marine life of Alaska
- Pictures from the 2011 Parade of Species
- Pictures from the 2012 Parade of Speecies
DSE naturalist Tom Schwartz is disguised as a bear next to DSE executive director (and wildflower wonder!) Beth Weigel.
Sponsor A Species!
Even if you aren't participating in the Parade of Species, you or your business can still support hands-on nature education by contributing $50 to Sponsor a Species. Your business logo will be included on a species costume and you will be advertised as a supporter on our website. Have any suggestions for which species you'd like your logo on? Let us know! Click here to Sponsor a Species. Please include in the gift note section that you are a sponsoring a species.
2012 Parade of Species Sponsors:
Capitol Office Park JV