Colorado Mountains to the North Pole - Sending Wooden Boats to the Arctic
Updated: Mar 21
By Sarah R. Johnson, IABP PolarTREC Educator
Community members in rural western Colorado mountains learned all about the Arctic Ocean, International Arctic Buoy Programme (IABP), and also decorated their own wooden boats with Wild Rose Education's Sarah R. Johnson a PolarTREC Educator in May 2022. A partnership between eight local libraries, the IABP, PolarTREC, and participating community members made it possible to reach over 100 people.
The boats will be deployed at or near the North Pole in late summer 2022. Once deployed on the sea ice, we can watch their track on the map.
Three Colorado public library districts hosted the Real-Time Science: Observing Arctic Weather and Sea Ice program. The participating libraries included:
Pitkin Pitkin County Library, Aspen
Basalt Regional Library
Carbondale Branch Library
Glenwood Springs Branch Library
New Castle Branch Library
Silt Branch Library
Parachute Branch Library
Rifle Branch Library
Getting the Wooden Boats Made
More than half of the wooden boats used in these programs were cut out locally with the generous help from volunteers. Rough cut cedar 2x4 inch lumber was purchased at the lumber yard and then, using a bandsaw was cut into small 8 inch boats. A few boats were also cut from pine 2x4 inch lumber.