Joni Scharfenberg, Project WET Alaska Coordinator

Joni Scharfenberg

District Coordinator, Fairbanks Soil & Water Conservation District

Meet Joni:

Project WET Coordinator Joni Scharfenberg standing beside the jawbone of a whale in Alaska

How long have you been a WET coordinator? Yikes, its been awhile! I don’t remember exactly because I still feel like new! I think about 10 years.

What’s your favorite thing about doing WET workshops? The fun look on participants' faces and their laughter.

Give a quote from a recent workshop. “ I like that we use real water in our activities!”

Can you share a funny story related to WET activities? As a coordinator travelling in Alaska, I once had to go to an island in southeast Alaska for a workshop. This meant a 45-minute car ride to the airport, a 3-hour ride on a jet, a 1-hour boat ride and then a 2-hour float plane. And then the return!

What is your favorite WET activity?  "8-4-1, One for All", although I don’t usually use it exactly as printed in the book, and everyone loves an obstacle course and H2Olympics!

Tell us about a promotion, grant award, press, or other recognition you’ve received in the last few months. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded us several schoolyard habitats agreements across Alaska, and we include Project WET lessons and workshops in each of them.

Any life changes to share? Kids, marriage, new home, other?  I have a new great-granddaughter!

Something we don’t know about you? I used to own a golf magazine.

Interviewed January 2015.

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