Commander Islands


Reflections, goodbyes, and thank you

10.08.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps, Commander Islands

After a couple of days in Anchorage, it was time for our friends from the Commander Islands to start their long journey home. Over a pizza supper on their last evening we talked over some of the highlights of this visit. These included: The Tiglax boat ride, and especially all…

Time in Anchorage

10.08.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps, Commander Islands, Uncategorized

Our friends from the Commander Islands had an action-packed couple of days in Anchorage before flying back home. They visited the Anchorage Museum, experienced the American shopping mall, and had a picnic with paddle-boarding the first day. The second day was also full– They were given a guided tour of…


13.07.2017 in 2017 Seabird Camps, Commander Islands

A huge welcome to Natalia, Aleksandr, Polina, and Artym from the Commander Islands! They’ve made it to Alaska! Even though the Commander Islands in Russian are only separated by 207 miles from the nearest land in the USA (the island of Attu in the Aleutian chain), the journey from the…

Letters between islands

21.06.2017 in Commander Islands, Education

For the last 3 years, students living on the Pribilof Islands and the Commander Islands have been sharing letters. Letters are translated between Russian and English and sent via email between islands.

Welcome Poster

19.05.2017 in Commander Islands, Education

Summer is approaching, and school is almost out for the summer vacation. Students on both the Commander Islands and the Pribilofs are getting excited for summer activities. 4th graders on St. Paul Island have been busy making posters

Letters of welcome

14.04.2017 in Commander Islands

 It’s happening! Three students and one chaperone from the Commander Islands (Russia) are coming to St. Paul Island for Seabird Camp this summer! School students on St. Paul are getting excited, and have been busy writing pen-pal letters. These will be translated into Russian and sent to students living in…

Unangan Songs

21.12.2016 in Commander Islands

Bering Sea Days culminated with a community event, where Aquilina Lestenkof and her Unangan Language students shared some songs, including singing happy birthday to the oldest resident on St. Paul Island, and the Unangan song “Many Years”. Thankyou to Aquilina for sharing her knowledge of the Unangan language and songs…

Story of the Commander and Pribilof Islands

21.12.2016 in Commander Islands, Education

One of the highlights at the last Bering Sea Days was learning more about the historical link between the Commander and Pribilof Islands from Aquilina Lestenkof, director of Cultural Affairs at the Pribilof Islands Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island. Aquilina met with students from the 4-5th, and 6-8th grade…


02.08.2016 in 2016 Seabird Camps, Commander Islands

Students living on Bering Island (the largest of the Commander Islands) have just returned from their summer camp.  Here’s their report..  The etno-ecological camp “Aglakh” started on Jul 19 and continued to Jul 30. Eleven students (3 girls and 8 boys) and 2 PhD student, who were former Nikolskay school…

Fun activities on St. Paul

26.02.2016 in Commander Islands, Education

Some recent fun activities at the school on St. Paul Island. Недавние увлекательные занятия на острове Святого Павла. Above: The fire department came to our school and did a fire extinguisher lesson with our 7th through 12th grade students. Сотрудники Пожарной части пришли в нашу школу и с учениками 7-12…

Sharing Letters

04.01.2016 in Commander Islands, Education

Students living on St. Paul Island (Pribilofs) and Bering Island (the Commanders) are enjoying getting to know each other through pen-pal letters. Учащиеся, живущие на острове Святого Павла (острова Прибылова) и на острове Беринга (Командорские острова), с удовольствием узнают друг о друге посредством переписки.

Pen-pal letters begin

01.12.2015 in Commander Islands, Education

Начался обмен письмами друзей по переписке Russian translation is provided below: Перевод на русский предоставлен ниже: Last month, at Bering Sea Days, we initiated the pen-pal project between students on St. Paul and students from the village of Nikolskoye on the Commander Islands.

Commander Island Summer Camp

09.07.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps, Commander Islands

Where are the Commander Islands? The Commander Islands are located at the end of the Aleutian Islands, and about 110 miles east of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Funded by the National Park Service’s Shared Beringian Heritage Program, we’ll be working closely with biologists and the school district on the Commander Islands…