KRSA supports a wide variety of community education partnerships, with a focus on fostering stewardship of our resources. Program and project partners have included: the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska State Parks, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, Caring for the Kenai, Central Peninsula Hospital, Cities of Kenai and Soldotna, Great Alaska Sportsmen Show, Kenai Brown Bear Committee, Kenai Peninsula Borough & School District, Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, Kenai River Center, Kenai River Professional Guides Association, Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, Kenai Watershed Forum, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Peninsula Sportsmen Show, Russian River Inter-Agency Team (Chugach National Forest & Kenai National Wildlife Refuge), Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, South Central Alaska Dipnetters Association, and the Triumvirate Theatre. Examples include:
KRSA helps to support education programs of the Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF), which promote responsible stewardship through classroom instruction and an outdoor summer event for river education. KRSA partnerships with the KWF also extends into a wide variety of research and restoration projects.
Caring for the Kenai is an award winning environmental awareness contest that challenges high school students to answer the question: “What Can I Do, Invent, or Create to Better Care for the Environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or to Help Improve the Area’s Preparedness for a Natural Disaster?”
The contest brings together the entire community of the Kenai Peninsula and provides an opportunity for a cooperative effort by industry, businesses, local and state government, school districts, non-profit organizations, environmental groups, and the media to increase public understanding of our communities environmental and natural disaster challenges.
The program's main message - "We are all environmental decision makers" - reaches students, parents, teachers and the community at large. Now embedded in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District curriculum for Science and Language Arts in grades 9 - 12, Caring for the Kenai is a model educational partnership that has received national recognition for its innovative and collaborative nature.
KRSA participates in the extensive process of judging the more than 500 student proposals and is a major sponsor for cash prizes to the area schools and local students for award winning ideas. Schools have made use of the cash awards to purchase much needed science equipment for their classrooms.
Working in cooperation with the Kenai River Special Management Area (KRSMA), KRSA provided the funding for the Kenai River Working Group, which came up with the recommendation to establish the Kenai River Guide Academy, a five-day course that now is required for all fishing guides that plan to guide clients.
Guides must pass the course in order to receive an Alaska Department of Parks and Outdoor Recreation commercial operator permit to guide on the Kenai River. The purpose of the Guide Academy is to educate and train all Kenai River fishing guides in the following areas:
KRSA helps to underwrite this program at Kenai Peninsula College and assists in course instruction.
For further information about the Kenai River Guide Academy, please go to www.krga.org
Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula Coalition through the Central Peninsula Hospital works to educate adults and children to prevent accidental death and unintentional injury. KRSA support focuses on providing kids with PFD’s – life jackets and water safety instruction.
KRSA sponsors the effort of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce to provide education and hospitality to visitors and residents about the Kenai River and its renowned fisheries. Voted as the #1 fishing destination in North America by Field and Stream, the Kenai River receives an annual influx of anglers, which can reach upwards to a million angler days. Many anglers search for information on the world class fisheries for Chinook, Sockeye, Coho and Pink salmon, as well as Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. Soldotna has more river city parks than anywhere else, offers 3,700 of elevated fishing walkways and moer than 220 campsites. Daily talks in the summer by the Chamber on the Classic Fishwalk below the Visitor Center are popular, as are the seasonal restroom facilities.
Stream Watch, started in 1994, has won national awards and recognition as an important education program that helps to protect the riparian areas of two world-class Sockeye salmon fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula – the Russian and Kenai rivers. In an area that receives some 150,000 visits each summer, a cadre of more than 50 volunteers to work on maintaining clean rivers and contacting anglers to promote responsible sport fishing. KRSA has supported this program since its inception, where the stewardship effort has been essential to maintaining a healthy and safe fishery.
The Kenai River Professional Guide Association (KRPGA) represents the guided sport fishing industry on the Kenai River, one of the largest bodies of guides in the state, with goals that include resource protection and professional guided fishing. KRSA supports a range of rewarding events sponsored by KRPGA that treat kids, veterans, and wounded warriors to fishing on the Kenai.